Political Reform Division

NOTICE: Complying with Original Signature Requirements during the COVID-19 Crisis

The California Secretary of State, Political Reform Division is aware that some filers are finding it difficult or impossible to obtain original signatures during the COVID-19 crisis. For further information on this topic, please review: Guidance to Filers re Original Signatures (PDF).

The Political Reform Division administers provisions of California's Political Reform Act, including the law's most fundamental purpose of ensuring that "receipts and expenditures in election campaigns should be fully and truthfully disclosed in order that the voters may be fully informed and the activities of lobbyists should be regulated and their finances disclosed..."

The Political Reform Act was adopted as a statewide initiative (Proposition 9) by an overwhelming vote of the electorate in 1974. The law requires detailed disclosure of the role of money in California politics. This includes the disclosure of contributions and expenditures in connection with campaigns supporting or opposing state and local candidates and ballot measures as well as the disclosure of expenditures made in connection with lobbying the State Legislature and attempting to influence administrative decisions of state government. Test

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Cal-Access provides financial information supplied by state candidates, donors, lobbyists, and others. Simply start by selecting either Campaign Finance Activity, Lobbying Activity, or Cal-Access Resources and we will guide you to the information.

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Every ten years, people across the country, including Californians, fill out the Census in order to have an accurate count of all people in the United States. The Census helps determine California’s federal funding for important community services that help support our families.

For this reason, we are launching the California Census Challenge to help increase the response rates of each of California’s 482 cities and 58 counties. The California Census Challenge’s goal is for California to have a complete and accurate count, while decreasing the need for at-home visits during the COVID-19 pandemic and addressing the low-responding census tracts. If the current lack of responses throughout the state are not addressed, California may drastically undercount its residents, leading to a loss of funding and representation for the next ten years.

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Check out the ways California has invested in your protection!

Cyber threats to our elections are the new normal. California continues to take critical steps to implement safeguards to further secure our elections, including actively collaborating with multiple federal and state law enforcement agencies to ensure that Californians can register to vote, and vote, with confidence. Here’s how we’re safeguarding our elections:

 

Office of Election Cybersecurity
& Enterprise Risk Management

 
  • The California Legislature appropriated an unprecedented $3 million to combat misinformation and strengthen cybersecurity by establishing the Offices of Elections Cybersecurity and Enterprise Risk Management within the Secretary of State.
  • The Office of Election Cybersecurity has added staff, social media monitoring software and launched a first-ever public education campaign urging voters to be vigilant about misinformation on social media.
  • The Enterprise Risk Management Office coordinates efforts between the Secretary of State and local elections officials to enhance cyber attack prevention capabilities and establish improved cyber incident response.

Election Infrastructure

 
  • California has one of the most strenuous voting system testing and certification programs in the country
  • Any new voting systems in California must receive certification and undergo months of testing, including functional testing, source code review, red team security testing that involves experts trying to “break into” the voting system, and accessibility and volume testing.
  • Since 2016, we’ve conducted agency-wide security assessments and upgraded firewalls, servers, and rolled out additional 24/7 security monitoring tools.
  • California requires that every ballot must either be paper or have a voter-verifiable paper audit trail.
  • Elections officials conduct a manual audit of a random 1% of ballots to ensure vote count machines are accurate.

New Systems

 
  • The 2018-2019 state budget includes $134.3 million for counties to replace aging voting systems.
  • Fully leveraged by a dollar-for-dollar match from counties, this will result in $268.6 million toward improvements for election equipment.
  • California received $34 million from the Elections Assistance Commission as the final disbursement of money from the Help America Vote Act (HAVA).

Tips for Voters

 
  • Before sharing content on social media, PAUSE:
    • P - Pay attention. Any source that uses overly emotional language, suggests your vote doesn't matter, or questions the safety and security of our elections may have ulterior motives for doing so.
    • A - Ask questions. Why haven't I seen this source before? What does their wikipedia page say? Run a reverse image search on Google and see where the image came from.
    • U - Understand motives. Whereas your County Elections Office and Secretary of State's only motive is safe and secure elections, other organizations may have other goals in mind
    • S - Send possible misinformation to VoteSure@sos.ca.gov, the California Secretary of State's official misinformation email line so they can investigate
    • E - Expect to get accurate election information from your official, nonpartisan election source - your County Registrar or the California Secretary of State.
  • Remember, the primary goal of misinformation is to prevent Californians from casting their ballot and or diminish trust in our elections so the best defense to misinformation is to vote and trust that your vote will count.
 

  • The California Legislature appropriated an unprecedented $3 million to combat misinformation and strengthen cybersecurity by establishing the Offices of Elections Cybersecurity and Enterprise Risk Management within the Secretary of State.
  • The Office of Election Cybersecurity has added staff, social media monitoring software and launched a first-ever public education campaign urging voters to be vigilant about misinformation on social media.
  • The Enterprise Risk Management Office coordinates efforts between the Secretary of State and local elections officials to enhance cyber attack prevention capabilities and establish improved cyber incident response.
  • California has one of the most strenuous voting system testing and certification programs in the country
  • Any new voting systems in California must receive certification and undergo months of testing, including functional testing, source code review, red team security testing that involves experts trying to “break into” the voting system, and accessibility and volume testing.
  • Since 2016, we’ve conducted agency-wide security assessments and upgraded firewalls, servers, and rolled out additional 24/7 security monitoring tools.
  • California requires that every ballot must either be paper or have a voter-verifiable paper audit trail.
  • Elections officials conduct a manual audit of a random 1% of ballots to ensure vote count machines are accurate.
  • The 2018-2019 state budget includes $134.3 million for counties to replace aging voting systems.
  • Fully leveraged by a dollar-for-dollar match from counties, this will result in $268.6 million toward improvements for election equipment.
  • California received $34 million from the Elections Assistance Commission as the final disbursement of money from the Help America Vote Act (HAVA).
  • Before sharing content on social media, PAUSE:
    • P - Pay attention. Any source that uses overly emotional language, suggests your vote doesn't matter, or questions the safety and security of our elections may have ulterior motives for doing so.
    • A - Ask questions. Why haven't I seen this source before? What does their wikipedia page say? Run a reverse image search on Google and see where the image came from.
    • U - Understand motives. Whereas your County Elections Office and Secretary of State's only motive is safe and secure elections, other organizations may have other goals in mind
    • S - Send possible misinformation to VoteSure@sos.ca.gov, the California Secretary of State's official misinformation email line so they can investigate
    • E - Expect to get accurate election information from your official, nonpartisan election source - your County Registrar or the California Secretary of State.
  • Remember, the primary goal of misinformation is to prevent Californians from casting their ballot and or diminish trust in our elections so the best defense to misinformation is to vote and trust that your vote will count.
  • Before sharing content on social media, PAUSE:
    • P - Pay attention. Any source that uses overly emotional language, suggests your vote doesn't matter, or questions the safety and security of our elections may have ulterior motives for doing so.
    • A - Ask questions. Why haven't I seen this source before? What does their wikipedia page say? Run a reverse image search on Google and see where the image came from.
    • U - Understand motives. Whereas your County Elections Office and Secretary of State's only motive is safe and secure elections, other organizations may have other goals in mind
    • S - Send possible misinformation to VoteSure@sos.ca.gov, the California Secretary of State's official misinformation email line so they can investigate
    • E - Expect to get accurate election information from your official, nonpartisan election source - your County Registrar or the California Secretary of State.
  • Remember, the primary goal of misinformation is to prevent Californians from casting their ballot and or diminish trust in our elections so the best defense to misinformation is to vote and trust that your vote will count.
  • Before sharing content on social media, PAUSE:
    • P - Pay attention. Any source that uses overly emotional language, suggests your vote doesn't matter, or questions the safety and security of our elections may have ulterior motives for doing so.
    • A - Ask questions. Why haven't I seen this source before? What does their wikipedia page say? Run a reverse image search on Google and see where the image came from.
    • U - Understand motives. Whereas your County Elections Office and Secretary of State's only motive is safe and secure elections, other organizations may have other goals in mind
    • S - Send possible misinformation to VoteSure@sos.ca.gov, the California Secretary of State's official misinformation email line so they can investigate
    • E - Expect to get accurate election information from your official, nonpartisan election source - your County Registrar or the California Secretary of State.
  • Remember, the primary goal of misinformation is to prevent Californians from casting their ballot and or diminish trust in our elections so the best defense to misinformation is to vote and trust that your vote will count.

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