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It is with great pleasure and sincere hope that I provide the following white paper on chronic absence for your consideration as you finalize the development of California’s Race to the Top application. The paper includes specific recommendations on this critical issue, which has been largely unaddressed as a policy issue in Sacramento, and deserves your attention. Quite frankly, chronic absence, even in the earliest of grades, is one of the best predictors of high school dropout, and California needs to do more to identify students and schools in need.
This December, the California Secretary of State announced the certification of a new political party, the first since 1995. With the qualification of the Americans Elect Party there will be seven parties appearing on California's ballots in 2012. Parties qualify by either registering 103,044 voters specifying that party preference (one percent of the total votes cast in the November 2, 2010 election), or by collecting signatures of 1,030,040 registered voters (ten percent of the total votes cast in the November 2, 2010 election).
How are state and local finances intertwined? How are services to local counties, cities and special districts financed?
Don't let anything stop you from voting -- our democracy needs YOU! Not sure if your polling place moved? Can't decide which candidate you should pick for city council, school board or judge? Need to listen to a recorded debate to decide? Never heard about a local bond measure?
The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law has produced a "Map of Shame" allowing viewers to click on a state and discover what that state's law requires voters to show as identification before being allowed to vote.
The California Secretary of State has posted the Presidential Primary election calendar. Are you ready? Please see this link for information regarding the June 5, 2012 Presidential Primary. Voter Service will be closely watching the 1/26/12 deadline for the Legislature to qualify initiative measures for the June primary ballot. Other highlights from the lengthy calendar are:
The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law has a new report "Voting Law Changes in 2012" that evaluates the impact of new voting laws on the 2012 race. The new state laws are limiting access for voters.
Dear Governor Brown:
The League of Women Voters of California is pleased to support AB 293 (Hill) and respectfully requests your signature on this bill.
AB 293 would require each county elections office to establish a free access system by which a vote by mail (VBM) voter can find out whether his or her ballot was counted and, if not, the reason why it was not.
Project VOTE's Short Guide to Helping Voters Register Under California Law explains who is eligible to vote and what constitutes a complete voter registration application. The Guide is especially useful for individuals who plan to organize voter registration drives to register others to vote.