California Voter Access News | August 10, 2018

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This is California Voter Access News for August 10, 2018. The program, featuring host Jon Ivy, provides a brief introduction to a few news stories relevant to California elections management.

In this episode:

The California Secretary of State has released the Public Display version of this November’s Official Voter Information Guide.

To start us off, the California Secretary of State has released the Public Display version of this November’s Official Voter Information Guide. This version of the Voter Guide is available online for public comment and court-ordered changes. It will become finalized after August 13th.

This is our first look at the nonpartisan analysis of the eleven statewide propositions that will be on the ballot in November. The voter guide also contains candidate statements for the statewide offices on the ballot. And you can review all of that content online at www.sos.ca.gov/elections/.

http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/upcoming-elections/general-election-november-6-2018/public-display/

The Registrar of Voters in San Bernardino County, Michael Scarpello, resigned in July after 7 years on the job.

The Registrar of Voters in San Bernardino County, Michael Scarpello resigned in July after 7 years on the job. A report from the Press-Enterprise says that Scarpello was forced out after conflicts with the county’s management team. In a majority of the counties in California, the chief of elections is an elected position themselves. However, in some counties, including San Bernardino, the position is appointed by the county government. San Bernardino County will now be conducting a national search to refill their election management seat.

https://www.pe.com/2018/07/20/san-bernardino-countys-registrar-of-voters-ousted-just-three-months-before-the-november-election/

The California Secretary of State was sued in July by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Disability Rights California (DRC) over alleged voting rights violations.

The California Secretary of State was sued in July by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Disability Rights California (DRC) over alleged voting rights violations. According to the complaint, the Secretary of State has failed in his duties in regards to the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). The complaint alleges that the NVRA requires the Secretary to designate certain government offices as Voter Registration Agencies and that the Secretary hasn’t done so in the case of five such offices. These offices include the California Student Aid Commission Financial Aid Programs, California Department of Education Nutrition Programs, Local Education Agency Special Education Offices, Local Area Agencies on Aging, and County offices that administer General Assistance Programs. If designated as Voter Registration Agencies, these offices would be required to offer voter registration services to members of the public that utilize their services.

https://www.aclunc.org/news/civil-rights-groups-sue-secretary-state-voting-rights-violations-affecting-people-disabilities

The Voter Access Project was started by Jon Ivy with the goal of creating and spreading voting outreach and education materials geared towards under-served communities.