Debra Bowen

What California might look like if divided into six states.  (Six Californias)

Plan To Split California Into Six States Gets OK To Gather Signatures

Supporters of a plan to divide California into six sates can begin collecting signatures to get the proposal on the ballot.


A California polling place

California Voter Turnout Was 72 Percent In November Election

California’s Secretary of State said more than half the voters who cast ballots in the November election voted by mail—the highest rate yet for a general election.


Leland Yee

Phil Matier: Termed-Out Leland Yee Seeking To Be State Elections Chief

Democratic State Sen. Leland Yee announced Monday morning his intent to run for California Secretary of State – when he is termed out of the state Legislature in two years.


A California polling place

Bay Area Election Officials Estimate Lower Turnout Than 2008

Bay Area counties are projecting strong voter turnout for Tuesday’s presidential election, however numbers are expected to be below those from the 2008 race.


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More Than 17M Californians Registered Ahead Of November Election

The secretary of state’s office reports that more than 17 million Californians are registered to vote ahead of the November presidential election, or nearly 73 percent of those who are eligible to cast a ballot.


A California polling place

California Launches Online Voter Registration System

Secretary of State Debra Bowen’s office launched the new service Wednesday in advance of the November 6th Presidential Election.


Prison Inmates

California Felons Ask For Right To Vote After Prison Realignment

Several organizations that promote voting rights have petitioned the state’s Court of Appeal to give convicted felons who have been placed under regional supervision as part of prison realignment the right to vote.


Same-sex couple Molly McKay (R) and Davina Kotulski (L) after they staged a sit-in protest when same-sex couples were denied marriage licenses from the San Francisco county clerk in February, 2011. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Proposition 8 Repeal Cleared For Signature-Gathering

A gay rights group has been cleared to start gathering signatures for a measure that would rescind the gay marriage ban known as Proposition 8.


San Francisco City Hall

State Election Observers To Monitor San Francisco Vote

The California Secretary of State is sending election observers to San Francisco on Tuesday to oversee poll workers and voters as they cast their ballots.


California State Capitol

Assemblyman Gathering Signatures To Repeal California Dream Act

A campaign to repeal the California Dream Act has the green light to start collecting signatures to qualify a measure for next year’s November ballot.