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September 29, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Online event
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Streetside residential mailbox with "I Voted' sticker
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Voting by Mail: What You Need to Know

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

California Voter Foundation President Kim Alexander joins us to share the latest information on voting by mail.

How safe is voting by mail, really—and what should you do to ensure that your vote is counted?

A preliminary study of rejected vote-by-mail ballots in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Sacramento counties found:
  • On average, since 2010, 1.7 percent of vote-by-mail ballots cast in California have been rejected
  • In the three counties studied, young voters comprised the smallest subgroup by age of vote-by-mail voters but the largest subgroup by age of voters whose ballots were rejected
  • The top reasons for rejection were lateness, voters forgetting to sign their ballot envelopes, or their signatures not sufficiently matching their voter registration signature
  • In Sacramento, ballots rejected for lateness in three elections studied were late because they were postmarked after Election Day and not because they arrived too late to count.
California Voter Foundation founder and President Kim Alexander will discuss the findings, and offer her suggestions for securing our vote.

About Kim Alexander
Kim Alexander is founder and president of the California Voter Foundation. Alexander's work on behalf of CVF has been honored with several awards; in 2004 she received the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award for her pioneering work spearheading and nurturing the popular movement for integrity and transparency in modern elections.  In 2008 she was awarded the National Association of Secretaries of State Award by California Secretary of State Debra Bowen "for being a true believer in democracy and working tirelessly to make the system work better." Kim Alexander is a 1988 graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, with degrees in political science and philosophy.

About the California Voter Foundation
The California Voter Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working through research, oversight, outreach and demonstration projects to improve the election process so that it better serves the needs and interests of voters. Current priorities include: supporting Californians’ right to equal treatment and protection in the voting process; reducing the vote-by-mail ballot rejection rate; increasing funding for election administration; and advancing voting system security and meaningful auditing of ballots in California and nationwide.