Public Hearing on Voter Participation
Thursday, May 25, 2017
State Capitol, Room 2040
Sacramento, CA 95814

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    All written testimony submitted electronically are linked to the witnesses names below.

    Public Hearing: 9:30 a.m.

    Opening Remarks

    California’s Voter Participation Landscape and Lessons from Research: Potential Challenges to Implementing Election Reforms

    1. Eric McGhee, Research Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California
    2. Mindy Romero, Director, California Civic Engagement Project, UC Davis Center for Regional Change

    On the Ground: Improving Voter Turnout in California Communities

    1. Neal Kelley, Registrar of Voters, Orange County
    2. Jill LaVine, Registrar of Voters, Sacramento County
    3. Gail Pellerin, County Clerk, Santa Cruz County

    Ensuring Voting Access for Californians With Disabilities

    1. Fred Nisen, Supervising Attorney for Voting Rights, Disability Rights California

BUSINESS MEETING & LUNCH – ROOM 125 (See below for agenda)

Stakeholder Voices: Ensuring Access for All California Voters

  1. Deanna Kitamura, Voting Rights Project Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Testimony Attachment)
  2. Ofelia Medina, Director of State Civic Engagement Policy, NALEO Educational Fund
  3. Dora Rose, Senior Director of Civic Engagement, League of Women Voters of California
  4. Lori Shellenberger, Consultant, ACLU of California

Implementing California’s Elections Reforms

  1. Bill Davidson, Chief Deputy Director, Department of Motor Vehicles and Ronda Paschal, Deputy Secretary, Legislation, California State Transportation Agency
  2. James Schwab, Chief of Legislative Affairs, Office of the California Secretary of State

Comments Submitted by Members of the Public:


Thursday, May 25, 2017
State Capitol, Room 125
Sacramento, CA 95814

The Commission will consider agenda items I-V at approximately 11:30 a.m.  (The precise time will vary depending upon the testimony of witnesses and will be determined at the discretion of the chair). Members of the public will have an opportunity to make comments about Commission agenda items during the meeting.

I. Business Meeting Minutes from March 23, 2017, and April 27, 2017

II. State Permitting – Draft Report for Possible Adoption

III. Subcommittee Reports and Project Selection

IV. Implementation

V. Reports from the California State Auditor’s Office