Voting Modernization Board
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The board consists of five members, three selected by the Governor, and two selected by the Secretary of State. The board shall have the authority to reject any application for fund money it deems inappropriate, excessive, or that does not comply with the intent of this article. A county whose application is rejected shall be allowed to submit an amended application.

Chair

Stephen J. Kaufman - Term: January 2003 to Present

Stephen J. Kaufman is a native of New York City who has lived most of his life in Los Angeles. He graduated from UCLA with a degree in Political Science and next attended the University of California, Hastings College of Law, where he graduated with a J.D. in 1987. Stephen joined the Los Angeles office of Peterson & Ross after graduating and practiced there for five years, specializing in litigation involving unfair business practices and environmental insurance coverage. In 1992, he joined Long & Levit, becoming a partner in the Los Angeles office. While at Long & Levit, he continued to practice in the area of business litigation. At the same time, he developed a political practice and began representing clients in campaign-finance and election law matters. In addition, Stephen chaired Long & Levit's pro bono committee, receiving the California State Bar's Wiley W. Manuel Award for pro bono legal services to the community. He has extensive trial and appellate experience in both the state and federal courts.

Since forming Smith Kaufman in 1996, Stephen has specialized in campaign-finance and election law, managing the firm's Political Practice Group. He is a member of the State Bar of California (Public Law Section), the American Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the California Political Attorneys Association, and the California Political Treasurers' Association. Stephen is active in the community, serving on the Government Relations Committee of the Central City Association, the UCLA Government Relations Alumni Advocacy Committee, and the Board of the Southern California Leadership Network. Stephen is active in Democratic Party politics, serving as a field organizer and fundraiser in national and local campaigns since his days as a student organizer at UCLA.

Stephen was admitted to the bar in 1987, California and the U.S. District Court, Central District of California; 1989 U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; 1999, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. He is a frequent author and speaker on campaign reform and election issues. Recent articles include "Florida Focus," Los Angeles Daily Journal, November 15, 2000, and "Trouble Ahead for Campaign Reform," Los Angeles Business Journal, October 20, 1997.

Vice Chair

Michael Bustamante - Term: June 2002 to Present


Members

Tal Finney - Term: June 2002 to Present

Education
Juris Doctor, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, 1991
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, UCLA, 1986

Professional Experience
Senior Advisor to the Governor and Director of Policy,
California Governor Gray Davis, 1999 to present

Interim Director, Governor's Office of Planning & Research,
present

Governor's Designee to the California Housing Finance Agency,
Commission on State Mandates, Department of Toxic Substances
Control Clean Loan Committee, Clean Water and Water
Reclamation Finance Committee, County Correctional Facility
Capital Expenditure and Youth Facility Finance Committee,
Higher Education Facilities Finance Committee, Safe Drinking
Water Finance Committee, State School Building Finance
Committee, and Water Conservation Finance Committee, present

Member, California Independent System Operator, 2001 to present

Interim Director, California Department of Social
Services, 1999

Chair, Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board, 1999

Member, California Earthquake Authority, 1999

General Counsel and Deputy Controller, California
State Controller Kathleen Connell, 1995-1998

State Controller's Designee on Board of Equalization, Board of
Control, State Lands Commissions, and Tax Credit Allocation
Committee, 1996-1998

Attorney, Radcliff, Frandsen & Dongell, Los Angeles, California,
1991-1995


Past Members

John A. Pérez - Served as Chair from June 2002 to April 2010

Barbara Alby - Served as Vice Chair from June 2002 to December 2002

Carl Guardino - Served as a Member from February 2003 to February 2013

Jim Cunneen - Served as a Member from June 2002 to January 2003