Assembly approves sending parolee voting measure to ballot
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Assembly on Thursday narrowly approved putting a measure on the ballot next year that would let tens of thousands of parolees vote in future...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California secretary of state's office is looking into a mysterious vote-shaming mailer that showed up days before a special election in Northern...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two Republican members of the state Assembly will face off in June to fill one of two vacancies in the state Senate, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — More than 79 percent of California's eligible voters — or over 20 million people — are registered to vote, the highest percentage since 1996, Secretary of State Alex...
Proposed ballot measure would let California parolees vote
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Tens of thousands of parolees would be allowed to vote under a state constitutional amendment proposed Monday by California's secretary of state and Democratic lawmakers who called it the next civil rights issue.
California voters must approve law to end bail before trial
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The nation's first law eliminating bail for suspects awaiting trial is on hold until California voters decide whether to overturn it, officials said Wednesday.
A referendum that qualified for the 2020 state ballot would overturn the law signed last year by then-Gov. Jerry Brown, Secretary of State Alex Padilla said in a statement. The law would replace bail with a risk-assessment system — although it's still unclear how the system will work.
AP NewsBreak: Brown sues to save California sentencing laws
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Outgoing Gov. Jerry Brown sued Thursday to protect one of his signature actions in office, a voter-approved measure that allows most prison inmates to seek earlier release and participate in rehabilitation programs.
His administration filed a lawsuit challenging a pending 2020 initiative that seeks to toughen criminal penalties as part of an effort to roll back reforms adopted by voters within the past decade.
In-state linemen highlight Iowa’s 2019 signing class
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa signed 20 players to national letters of intent Wednesday, a group headlined by instate linemen Ezra Miller of Holstein and Tyler Endres of Norwalk.
Miller and Endres were two of Iowa's four-star signees, joining linebacker Justin Jacobs of Ohio.
The Hawkeyes also signed quarterback Alex Padilla, a two-time, first-team all-state pick out of Colorado. He will likely compete with Peyton Mansell for playing time after Nate Stanley departs following next season.
California DMV: 589 voter records not sent before election
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's secretary of state called Friday for new leadership at the state's embattled Department of Motor Vehicles after revelations of an error that could have prevented nearly 600 people from voting last month.
Correction: Election 2018-California Statewide Offices story
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a story Nov. 7 about statewide races in California, The Associated Press erroneously attributed a statement to Controller Betty Yee. The statement about building a "fiscal wall" against Trump administration policies actually was from Treasurer-elect Fiona Ma.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Kounalakis, Yee, Ma among statewide victors in California
California voter registration hits record ahead of midterms
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — More than 19.6 million Californians are registered to vote in the midterms, the largest number in California history, Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced Friday.
"It is nearly unprecedented for California to set a voter registration record in a midterm election," Padilla said.
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The Santa Rosa Press Democrat on voter turnout
Teens are registering at unprecedented rates. More than 200,000 have registered since 2016, and there is time for that number to grow even larger before the Oct. 22 voter registration deadline.
California election official can’t say if non-citizens voted
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's top elections official said Tuesday he doesn't yet know if any of the roughly 1,500 people mistakenly registered to vote by the Department of Motor Vehicles cast ballots in the June primary.
Secretary of State Alex Padilla said his office is investigating and working with counties to ensure ineligible people don't vote in the November election.
Candidates compete for schools chief, lieutenant governor
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Voters will choose California's next lieutenant governor, schools chief and other statewide officeholders on Nov. 6. The race for superintendent of public education is shaping up to be an expensive showdown between unions and charter-school advocates. In the contest for secretary of state, the incumbent Democrat Alex Padilla is hoping to hold onto his seat against a GOP challenger. Either candidate running for insurance commissioner will make history with a win.
California sets record as voter registration tops 19 million
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's voter registration has hit an all-time high ahead of the November election, with more than 19 million people on the voting rolls, Secretary of State Alex Padilla reported Tuesday.
Nearly 76 percent of those eligible to vote were registered as of Sept. 7, the largest share in September since the 1996 presidential election, which had 77 percent.
California DMV may have botched 23,000 voter registrations
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Department of Motor Vehicles says agency technicians may have botched about 23,000 Californians' voter registrations under the state's new "motor voter" law, according to a letter Wednesday from the department.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's top elections official urged residents Tuesday to formally oppose a Trump administration plan that would ask whether a person is a U.S. citizen on the 2020 census.
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's June primary saw the highest percentage of voter turnout in a midterm primary election since 1998.
More than 37 percent of registered voters cast ballots in the primary. That's up more than 12 percent from the previous midterm primary in 2014, when turnout hit a record low. The June turnout was closer to levels in the 2010 and 2006 primaries, when 33 percent of registered voters participated.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters will decide this November whether to get rid of higher gas taxes and vehicle registration fees approved last year.
Secretary of State Alex Padilla said Monday that initiative supporters collected enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters will decide in November whether egg-laying hens must live cage free.
Secretary of State Alex Padilla says an initiative setting standards for confining calves, pigs and hens is eligible for the ballot.
Businesses wouldn't be allowed to sell meat and eggs raised in settings that don't meet the standards. Its backers say extreme animal confinement is cruel and can increase the risk of foodborne illnesses.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's secretary of state says a measure that would expand the ability of local governments to enact rent controls on residential properties has qualified for the Nov. 6 ballot.
Secretary of State Alex Padilla said Friday he plans to certify the measure later this month.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An initiative that seeks to split California into three states is projected to qualify for the state's November ballot.
California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said late Tuesday the initiative needed 365,880 valid petition signatures to qualify and random sampling projects a number of valid signatures greater than 110 percent of the requirement.
California independence backers can collect signatures
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Advocates looking for California to secede from the United States can begin collecting signatures for a longshot initiative asking voters to weigh in, Secretary of State Alex Padilla said Monday.
The proposed initiative is the third so-called Calexit proposal since President Donald Trump's election. Previous efforts were withdrawn or failed to gather the required signatures.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians registering to vote will soon be using an updated form that officials say makes it easier to register without a political party preference.
The changes come in part because many Californians intending to register as Independents accidentally register with the far-right American Independent Party, Secretary of State Alex Padilla said at a Thursday news conference unveiling the redesigned form.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's top elections official said Wednesday the state's election system is secure but acknowledged public skepticism that he blamed on Russian attempts to interfere in 2016 and confusing media reports about those efforts.
Recall election for California senator will proceed
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's top elections official says there are enough signatures to hold a recall election for Sen. Josh Newman.
Secretary of State Alex Padilla said Friday that nearly 70,000 signatures were determined to be valid.
Republicans looking to end a Democratic supermajority in the Senate have targeted Newman over his vote to increase gas taxes and vehicle registration fees.
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Cheech Marin touts state tool for California pot businesses
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Comedian and legendary stoner Cheech Marin doesn't want your pot business to go up in smoke.
That's why he's in a new public service announcement publicizing a California Secretary of State website for budding marijuana entrepreneurs.
I haven't come across an exciting new wrinkle in Houston's beloved fajita genre since … since … well, since I first wrote about Alex Padilla's glorious fajita burger at the Original Ninfa's on Navigation, back in 2011.
California seeks more sway by moving up presidential primary
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Super Tuesday, the jam-packed day of presidential primary voting every four years, may get supercharged in 2020 with California joining the pack, bringing along its prize of the most delegates.
Gov. Jerry Brown gave his stamp of approval Wednesday to a measure jumping California's primary up to the beginning of March, three months earlier than its contest in 2016, when Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump had already captured the major parties' nominations.
Homeland Security clarifying state election hacking attempts
The Department of Homeland Security has notified two states that Russian hackers attempted to scan networks other than their election systems in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, contrary to details provided last week.
On Wednesday, California became the second state — after Wisconsin — to receive the clarification.
Election panel vice-chair: Group may not recommend changes
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The vice chairman of President Donald Trump's commission on election fraud on Tuesday dismissed criticism that the panel is bent on voter suppression, saying there is a "high possibility" it will make no recommendations when it finishes its work — and even if it does, it can't force states to adopt them.
Democrats push new bill to change recall rules, save senator
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Democrats started a new legislative push Monday to change recall election rules in an effort to protect one of their own after a court put an earlier attempt to slow the recall process on hold.
California senator recall organizers have enough signatures
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Three counties have received enough valid signatures to trigger a recall election that could remove a Southern California senator from office and end a Democratic supermajority in the California Legislature, according to counts released Friday.
The attempt to recall Democratic Sen. Josh Newman of Fullerton is backed by the California Republican Party, anti-tax advocates and talk-radio hosts who are critical of Newman's vote this year to raise the gasoline tax.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's secretary of state says he won't comply with a second request for voter data from President Donald Trump's commission investigating alleged voter fraud.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the commission's vice chairman, sent a letter to California Secretary of State Alex Padilla on Wednesday asking again for voters' names, party affiliations, addresses and voting histories if state law allows that information to be public.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on state elections officials who are gathering in Indianapolis (all times local):
California's chief elections official is puzzled by the absence of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach from a gathering of elections officials from across the U.S.
In California, Democratic voter registration climbing
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democratic voter registration in California has climbed in the past two years while Republican registration has decreased, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced Wednesday.
The percentage of voters registered as Democrats increased roughly 1.5 percentage points to nearly 45 percent. Republican registration declined more than two percentage points to just under 26 percent. Nearly one in four California voters are registered with no party preference.
Detained Philippine senator asks court to nullify arrest
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine senator and leading critic of President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly crackdown on illegal drugs petitioned the Supreme Court Monday to nullify a Manila court's arrest warrant against her for drug charges and release her from jail.
Proposal would establish California as separate nation
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Another attempt is underway to establish California as a separate nation.
Election officials announced Thursday that a proposal has been submitted to the Secretary of State's Office that would ask voters to repeal part of the state constitution that declares California an inseparable part of the United States.
If the proposal qualifies for the ballot and is approved by voters, it could be a step to a future vote on whether California should break away from the U.S.
President-elect Donald Trump got busy on Twitter again during the holiday weekend, tweeting a stream of baseless claims of voter fraud, indicating that the Hillary Clinton campaign's involvement in an election recount was hypocritical.
Trump, who himself suggested that he would not concede the election during the campaign if he had lost, used his Twitter account to declare that "nothing will change." He also reiterated that Clinton had already conceded the election.
Record 19.4 million Californians registered to vote
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — More than 19.4 million Californians have registered to vote in Tuesday's presidential election, a state record.
Secretary of State Alex Padilla said Friday that about 45 percent are registered Democratic, a slight increase from the last presidential election in 2012. About 26 percent are registered Republican, a slight decrease. Twenty-four percent have no party preference.
500,000 Californians register to vote in 2 days, set record
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — More than 18.7 million Californians have registered to vote in the Nov. 8 presidential election, a state record.
Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced Tuesday that 500,000 people enrolled for the first time or updated their information in the final two days the state accepted registrations.
More than 203,000 people registered online on Sunday. Another 297,000 registered online on Monday, the last day to do so to participate in the Nov. 8 election.
While California Democrats were celebrating Hillary Clinton's presidential nomination in Philadelphia, the state was left in the hands of State Superintendent of Schools Tom Torlakson.
Even in our always-connected era, California's Constitution requires that executive power be transferred temporarily to the lieutenant governor whenever the governor is out of state.
But both Gov. Jerry Brown and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom were in Philadelphia for the Democratic National...