2017 News Releases, Advisories and E-Newsletters

California Secretary of State Communications Department

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AP17:081 10/13/17 Proposed Initiative Enters Circulation
AP17:080 10/13/17 Proposed Initiative Enters Circulation
AP17:079 10/13/17 Two New Remote Access Vote-by-Mail Systems Approved by California Secretary of State
AP17:078 10/12/17 Over 100,000 LLC Statements of Information Filed Online through New Secretary of State E-file Tool
AP17:077 10/06/17 Statement by Secretary of State Alex Padilla on the Release of the Kris Kobach Documents
AP17:076 10/06/17 GO-Biz Recognizes the Secretary of State’s Digital Business Initiative as a Champion for Breaking Barriers to Doing Business
AP17:075 10/02/17 Secretary of State Alex Padilla on Las Vegas Shooting
AP17:074 09/27/17 Governor Brown Signs Prime Time Primary Act to Move Up California’s Primary
AP17:073 09/27/17 Information Provided by DHS Regarding Russian Scanning was Incorrect
AP17:072 09/26/17 Proposed Initiative Enters Circulation
AP17:071 09/26/17 Proposed Initiative Enters Circulation
AP17:070 09/26/17 Proposed Initiative Enters Circulation
Media Advisory 09/25/17 Secretary of State Alex Padilla to Visit Sequoia High School; Speak at San Mateo County Board of Supervisors on National Voter Registration
AP17:069 09/25/17 California Joins Amicus Brief to Defend Against Unlawful Purging of Voter Rolls
AP17:068 09/22/17 Secretary of State Alex Padilla Notified by DHS of Unsuccessful Russian Attempt to Target 2016 Election
Media Advisory 09/22/17 Secretary of State Alex Padilla to Visit Reseda High School
AP17:067 09/21/17 Proposed Initiative Enters Circulation
Media Advisory 09/21/17 Secretary of State Alex Padilla to Serve on Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Voting Rights Panel
Media Advisory 09/19/17 Secretary of State Alex Padilla to Visit Santa Maria High School
Media Advisory 09/18/17 Secretary of State Alex Padilla to Visit Nevada Union High School
AP17:066 09/15/17 Proposed Initiative Enters Circulation
Media Advisory 09/15/17 Secretary of State Alex Padilla Kicks Off High School Voter Education Weeks at Franklin High School
Media Advisory 09/13/17 Secretary of State Alex Padilla to Speak at Citizen Naturalization Ceremony in Sacramento
AP17:065 09/13/17 Secretary of State Alex Padilla Launches Online Back to School Pre-Registration Toolkit, PSA for School Districts
AP17:064 09/12/17 California Secretary of State Alex Padilla Statement on Today’s Election Commission Meeting
AP17:063 09/08/17 Proposed Initiative Enters Circulation
AP17:062 09/08/17 Proposed Initiative Enters Circulation
AP17:061 09/07/17 State Archives Launches Digital Exhibit on California Missions
AP17:060 09/05/17 Secretary of State Alex Padilla Responds to DACA Announcement
AP17:059 09/01/17 Secretary of State Alex Padilla Urges Californians to Register to Vote in Recognition of National Voter Registration Month
Media Advisory 08/29/17 Secretary of State Alex Padilla to Visit Merced College
AP17:058 08/25/17 California Secretary of State Alex Padilla Statement on Joe Arpaio Pardon
AP17:057 08/18/17 Secretary of State Alex Padilla Responds to the Ouster of Extremist Steve Bannon
AP17:056 08/17/17 Secretary of State Padilla Announces Results of Randomized Alphabet Drawing for November 7 Local Election Ballots
AP17:055 08/16/17 Secretary of State Alex Padilla Certifies Candidates for Assembly District 51 Special Primary Election
AP17:054 08/11/17 Secretary of State Padilla Announces Results of Randomized Alphabet Drawing for October 3 Assembly District 51 Special Election Ballots
Media Advisory 08/07/17 Secretary of State’s Office to Conduct Randomized Alphabet Drawing for November 7 Local Elections
AP17:053 08/04/17 Proposed Initiative Enters Circulation
AP17:052 08/02/17 Secretary of State Alex Padilla Responds to President Trump's Immigration Policy Proposal
Media Advisory 08/01/17 Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Jason Kander to Discuss Voting Rights at Commonwealth Club
Media Advisory 08/01/17 Secretary of State’s Office to Conduct Randomized Alphabet Drawing for October 3 Assembly District 51 Special Election
AP17:051 07/26/17 Secretary of State Alex Padilla Responds to New Commission Request for Voter Data
AP17:050 07/26/17 Proposed Initiative Enters Circulation
AP17:049 07/26/17 Secretary of State Alex Padilla Announces Over 25,000 LLC Statements of Information Filed Online in First Month
AP17:048 07/25/17 Secretary of State Alex Padilla Reaffirms California Will Not Comply with Kobach Commission Voter Data Request
AP17:047 07/19/17 California Secretary of State Alex Padilla Statement on Election Commission’s First Meeting
Media Advisory 07/18/17 California Secretary of State Alex Padilla Joins Secretaries of State, Voting Rights Advocates to Discuss Attacks and Advances in Voter Registration
AP17:046 07/17/17 State Archives Launches ‘California Memoirs’ Exhibit with Rare Photos of Early 20th Century Life and Landmarks
AP17:045 07/11/17 Proposed Initiative Enters Circulation
AP17:044 07/10/17 California Secretary of State Alex Padilla Statement on Most Recent Election Commission Appointment
AP17:043 07/09/17 Secretary of State Alex Padilla Responds to Trump Cyber Security Tweet
AP17:042 06/29/17 Secretary of State Alex Padilla Responds to Presidential Election Commission Request for Personal Data of California Voters
Media Advisory 06/27/17 Secretary of State Alex Padilla to Deliver Keynote Speech at Sacramento Citizenship Ceremony
AP17:041 06/22/17 California Secretary of State Alex Padilla Calls on Orange County Board of Supervisors to Reconsider Voter’s Choice Act
AP17:040 06/21/17 Secretary Padilla Announces LLC Statements of Information Can Now Be Filed Online and New bizfile California
AP17:039 06/15/17 California Secretary of State Alex Padilla calls on NSA to Share Critical Information About Russian Threats to U.S. Election Systems
AP17:038 06/14/17 State Assembly Elections Committee Approves Legislation to Move California Primary to Prime Time
Media Advisory 06/13/17 California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to Speak in Support of Bill to Move up California Primary
AP17:037 06/06/17 Sacramento County Adopts Major Election Reforms Enabled by the Voters Choice Act
AP17:036 06/05/17 Secretary of State Alex Padilla Launches “Starting a Business” Resource Page on California Small Business Day
AP17:035 06/01/17 California Secretary of State Alex Padilla Statement on Paris Climate Agreement
AP17:034 05/31/17 California State Assembly Approves Voting Modernization Bond Act of 2018
Media Advisory 05/23/17 Secretary of State Alex Padilla to Welcome 1,500 New U.S. Citizens in San Diego
Media Advisory 05/22/17 Secretary of State Alex Padilla, Assemblymember Gonzalez Fletcher, and County Elections Officials Urge Support of Bond Act to Modernize Voting Systems
Media Advisory 05/17/17 State Archives Speaker Series: Tim Stroshane to Discuss Drought, Water Law, and the Origins of California's Central Valley
Media Advisory 05/15/17 California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to Speak at Citizenship Ceremony in Fresno
AP17:033 05/11/17 California Secretary of State Alex Padilla Statement on Trump “Commission on Election Integrity”
AP17:032 05/04/17 Secretary Padilla Advances Digital Business Search Initiative
AP17:031 05/04/17 California Senate Approves Prime Time Primary Bill to Move Presidential Vote from Near Last to Top Tier of States
AP17:030 05/03/17 Proposed Initiative Enters Circulation
AP17:029 05/03/17 Secretary Padilla Applauds Congress’ $10.2 Million Allocation Toward Earthquake Early-Warning System
AP17:028 05/03/17 Secretary Padilla Opposes New Federal Voter ID Legislation
AP17:027 05/01/17 Proposed Initiative Enters Circulation
Media Advisory 04/26/17 California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to Speak at Assembly Elections Committee in Support of the Voting Modernization Bond Act of 2018
AP17:026 04/24/17 California Goes to War: World War I and the Golden State
Media Advisory 04/21/17 Secretary of State Alex Padilla to Visit Argonaut High School
Media Advisory 04/20/17 Secretary of State Alex Padilla to Visit Linden High School
AP17:025 04/20/17 Secretary of State Padilla and Assemblymember Gonzalez Fletcher Announce Voting Modernization Bond Act of 2018
Media Advisory 04/19/17 Secretary of State Alex Padilla to Visit Hueneme High School
AP17:024 04/18/17 Bill to Move Up California’s Presidential Primary Clears First Legislative Committee
Media Advisory 04/18/17 Secretary of State Alex Padilla to Make Inland Visit to John W. North High School During High School Voter Education Weeks
Media Advisory 04/17/17 California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to Speak in Support of Bills Creating an Earlier CA Primary and Protecting Victims of Human Trafficking
Media Advisory 04/14/17 Secretary of State Alex Padilla Kicks Off High School Voter Education Weeks at Sylmar High School
AP17:023 04/11/17 Secretary of State Padilla and Senator Lara Announce Legislation Moving Up California’s Presidential Primary
Media Advisory 04/10/17 California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to Discuss Student Voter Participation at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Media Advisory 04/03/17 California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to Speak at National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine about the Future of Voting
Media Advisory 03/30/17 Secretary of State Alex Padilla to Speak at Citizenship Ceremony at Cesar Chavez National Monument in Keene, CA on Cesar Chavez Day
AP17:022 03/22/17 Record California Voter Registration Continues to Climb
AP17:021 03/21/17 Secretary Padilla Announces Upgraded Search Tool for Successors-in-Interest Filings
AP17:020 03/16/17 Secretary of State Padilla Announces Results of Randomized Alphabet Drawing for June 6, 2017 Local Election Ballots
AP17:019 03/15/17 Secretary of State Alex Padilla Statement on Passing of John Van de Kamp
AP17:018 03/13/17 Proposed Initiative Enters Circulation
AP17:017 03/09/17 Secretary of State Padilla Appoints Brian L. Hatch to FPPC
AP17:016 03/09/17 16- and 17-Year-Olds Can Now Pre-Register to Vote Online
Media Advisory 03/08/17 Secretary of State Alex Padilla to Launch California Online Pre-Registration for 16 and 17 Year Olds at Robert F. Kennedy High School
AP17:015 03/02/17 Proposed Initiative Enters Circulation
Media Advisory 03/06/17 Secretary of State’s Office to Conduct Randomized Alphabet Drawing for June 6 Local Election Ballots
AP17:014 03/02/17 Bill Would Protect Victims of Human Trafficking by Expanding State’s 'Safe at Home' Program
AP17:013 03/01/17 Joint Statement by Secretary of State Padilla and Attorney General Becerra on U.S. DOJ’s Decision to Abandon Key Argument Against Texas Voter ID Law
AP17:012 02/21/17 California Legislative Black Caucus’ 50 Year Anniversary Celebrated in New State Archives Online Exhibit
AP17:011 02/15/17 Secretary of State Padilla Certifies Candidates for Congressional District 34 Special Primary Election
AP17:010 02/15/17 Secretary of State Alex Padilla Announces Effort to Protect Californians Seeking Immigration Consulting Services
AP17:009 02/15/17 State Archives launches Online Exhibit that Explores California in the Age of Lincoln
Media Advisory 02/14/17 Secretary of State Alex Padilla to Announce Effort to Protect Californians Seeking Immigration Consulting Services
AP17:008 02/12/17 Secretary Padilla Responds to Trump Adviser's Unsubstantiated Voter Fraud Allegations
AP17:007 02/10/17 Secretary of State Padilla Announces Results of Randomized Alphabet Drawing for April 4 Congressional District 34 Special Election Ballots
Media Advisory 02/08/17 Secretary of State Alex Padilla Announces Public Meeting on CAL-ACCESS Replacement System
Media Advisory 02/08/17 Secretary of State Alex Padilla to Speak at Citizenship Ceremony in Oakland
AP17:006 02/07/17 Secretary of State Padilla Statement on House Committee Vote to Eliminate Election Assistance Commission
AP17:005 02/06/17 HOME FRONT: CALIFORNIA DURING WORLD WAR II California Archives Digital Exhibit Focuses on One of the Most Transformative Periods in California History
Media Advisory 02/02/17 Secretary of State Alex Padilla Announces Public Meeting on Cal-ACCESS Replacement System
Media Advisory 02/01/17 Calif. Secretary of State Alex Padilla to Guest Lecture at UC San Diego Class on Voting Rights
Media Advisory 01/31/17 Secretary of State’s Office to Conduct Randomized Alphabet Drawing for April 4 Congressional District 34 Special Election
AP17:004 01/26/17 Proposed Initiative Enters Circulation
AP17:003 01/24/17 Secretary Padilla Responds to President Trump's Unsubstantiated Voter Fraud Claims
AP17:002 01/23/17 Secretary Padilla Applauds Appointment of Xavier Becerra as California Attorney General
AP17:001 01/10/17 Secretary Padilla Responds to DHS Designation of Election Systems as Critical Infrastructure