19 Jul

Protect your right to vote!


When I think of “election integrity”, I think not only of security, but also of the importance of making sure that all eligible Americans are free to register and vote without unnecessary obstacles. I think of how we must make it easier — not harder — for citizens to participate in our democracy.

The Trump administration, on the other hand, prefers to attack our voting rights. He’s turned his lies about massive voter fraud into a commission with members who have a long history of voter suppression. It couldn’t be more clear — this administration’s goal is to undermine our right to vote.

Trump’s agenda is a threat to our democracy, especially our voting rights and we must fight back. Yes, we must defend our right to vote, but we must also go on offense and make it easier for citizens to register, and to vote.

Tomorrow, Trump’s voter suppression commission will meet for the first time. Tomorrow, we need to make our voices heard. Add your name now to our petition and send a message to Trump that you will fight to protect our voting rights. 
(Once you add your name, share the petition with your friends and family!)

Let’s take action now to let Trump, Pence, Kobach, and this commission know that we are watching and will not let them suppress the vote.

Add your name now to let Trump know that you will not let him and his commission threaten our right to vote >>

Thank you,
Alex Padilla
California Secretary of State



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2017 Women’s Equality Day August 24

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19 Jul

Trump’s commission is a threat to our democracy

Trump’s voter suppression commission hasn’t even met yet and already it’s compromising people’s privacy and causing voters to unregister. Over two weeks ago, this commission asked states for the personal information of all registered voters under the guise of “election integrity.” I refused their request.

Yesterday, I wrote an op-ed to The East Bay Times, which I’ve included below, urging the American public not to trust this commission. Everything surrounding it has indicated that its only goal is to suppress the vote.

To show how eager they are, the head of this commission, Kris Kobach sent an email to Trump’s transition team the day after the election proposing changes to the National Voter Registration Act to include more difficult requirements for voter registration. The true intent of their sham commission is clear – disenfranchise voters.

We must make it easier, not harder, for all eligible citizens to vote.

That is why I am asking you to add your name to our petition to let Trump know that you are standing up for your privacy and voting rights. Send a message to his commission that you do not trust them to protect the voting rights of all Americans.

Even before their first meeting, this commission’s actions are suppressing the vote. In Colorado, Florida, and North Carolina, voters are cancelling their voter registration so that their information isn’t sent to this commission. No voter should ever have to fear that registering to vote risks their privacy.

Every voter who cancels their registration is a victory for Trump. We cannot let this happen.

Protecting Americans’ right to vote is the only way to ensure that our government is truly accountable to the people. This commission is a threat to our democracy.

Sign our petition today — let’s show Trump, Kobach, and this commission that we see through this sham and refuse to let them suppress our vote >>

Saying no to Trump voter investigation protects the privacy rights of Californians
By California Secretary of State Alex Padilla

I read with concern the Bay Area News Group’s July 10, 2017 editorial on my decision to not send California voter information to President Donald Trump’s voter fraud commission.

Election security and voting rights should not be partisan issues. Unfortunately, the Trump administration has politicized both with the creation of his sham “Election Integrity” commission. His commission’s first action was an unprecedented request for the personal information of every registered voter in America.

The basis for this request is Trump’s belief that up to 5 million illegal votes were cast last November. He invented this number after he learned that he had lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by millions of votes. Instead of focusing on Russian interference in our elections, he has chosen to target America’s voters.

California was among a handful of states he singled out as being responsible for his loss of the national popular vote in the 2016 presidential election.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is the de-facto chair of the commission. He signed the letter requesting the personal information of all U.S. voters. It was such an over-reach that Kobach himself would be in violation of Kansas law if he complied with his own request.

As a result, Kobach has retreated substantially from the letter he sent to all 50 states. First, almost immediately after sending his letter, he conceded that compliance is voluntary, after overwhelming push-back from both Republican and Democratic secretaries of state.  Second, he was forced to change the method and manner of data transmission in response to various legal challenges.

To make matters worse, he now asserts that voter data will be stored on White House computers. Third, he suspended the commission’s receipt of voter data while the court considers a legal challenge by the Electronic Privacy Information Center. By any measure, this commission is off to a very bad start.

I oppose the commission not just because the commission has demonstrated it is ill-equipped to handle sensitive data. More importantly, I know that its commissioners — specifically, Adams, Blackwell, Kobach and von Spakofsky — have spent their tenures as secretaries of state and Department of Justice voting section officials advancing policies that suppress the vote. I do not trust this commission with the personal data of Californians and how they would use it.

The vice president’s office has suggested that state voter data will be compared against federal databases in an attempt to root-out ineligible voters on the rolls.

Elections and data experts have already warned that comparing records in this manner will only lead to a plethora of false-positives and unfairly disenfranchise American citizens. California should not be party to the commission’s efforts to distort the truth and create fear of unproven voter fraud in an attempt to make it harder for eligible citizens to vote.

California Elections Code places specific limits on what voter information can or cannot be shared. It also places limits on how that information may or may not be used. I intend to do all I can to protect the privacy of voters.

As California’s chief elections official, my opposition to this commission is based on the profound harm to our nation’s voting rights that would inevitably result if I, and others, do not stand up and say “no.”  I cannot in good conscience send the personal data of California voters to Trump’s commission.

On Wednesday, Trump’s commission will meet for the first time. After that meeting, we’ll learn more about Trump’s radical voter suppression agenda. I know that if we work together we can protect our democracy against these attacks.

Thank you everything,
Alex Padilla
Secretary of State, California

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19 Jul

From Tinaj For Governor Committee:

The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.

From Tinaj For Governor Committee:


We heard you loud and clear. Our dishonest politicians are dividing our country, our state and our people. The Democratic Party finally has a young, honest and powerful leader with a vision and powerful voice who is running for governor in 2018.

A leader who is going to fight for all the people of California and not for special interest.

A leader who is going to fight for liberty, justice and equality.

A leader who is going to bring back jobs to the working class people and invest in small business.

A leader who is going to fix our broken education system, roads, bridges and airports.

A leader who is going to get our state out of debt by stopping the useless spending, late and unbalanced budgets.

A leader who is going to invest in clean water and air.

A leader  who is willing to build affordable housing, shelters, and support services for low income or no income people.

A leader who is able to unite our people once again and give the power back to the people.

A leader who puts truth over fiction and love over hate.

We the Tinaj for Governor Committee pledge that Klement Tinaj will be that bright new leader who is going to be the voice and the change for the people of California.

( Join Our Team in 2018 )









Amy Cox
KLEMENT TINAJ for Governor Committee


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