It’s no secret that California leads the resistance against Trump’s despicable and dangerous policies nationwide. We stand as a blue firewall in opposition to the radical Republican agenda that wants to divide and repress us.
And we’re able to do that because not only do we have strong Democratic leaders in Congress, but we elect great Democrats to represent us here in the State Assembly, the State Senate, and all Constitutional Offices as well. These statewide offices are how we protect our state and advance freedom, equality, and opportunity for all Californians. In times like this, it is so crucial for voters to vote for all of the California Democratic Party endorsed candidates and propositions.
That’s where you come in! To help keep everyone motivated in these last few weeks of the election, we’re having a Big Blue Beacon contest with amazing prizes, which will be awarded to the caller or organization that makes the most calls to voters in several different categories.
You can find the contest rules, as well as a detailed description of the prizes, here. Some of the prizes include seating for a winner and their guest at CDP Chair Eric Bauman’s head table at the 2019 CDP Convention Dinner or tickets to a Lakers game with LA Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Can we count on you or your organization to be the Big Blue Beacon of Hope for us this election and make those calls count?
–The CDP Team
|We wanted to make sure you got this news, Michael.
David Valadao just launched another attack ad against TJ Cox in a last-ditch effort to hold his seat.
From the get-go, TJ made it clear to me, our staff, and all our grassroots supporter that this would be a positive campaign focused on the issues that matter to us here at home. That ’’ s why he ’’ s so focused on health care access, protecting Medicare, ending the trade war, and taking on special interests in Washington.
We ’’ re going to continue running a campaign around our local values, but TJ isn ’’ t taking any corporate PAC money and we need your support to fight back and make sure voters know the truth. Can you chip in a donation today?
Here ’’ s the truth: David Valadao doesn ’’ t have much of a record to run on. And he ’’ s sided with Donald Trump 99% of the time because his special interest donors demand it from him. This is NOT the kind of representation our communities needs.
Thanks for your support,
In California, we’re working diligently to keep our elections both secure and accessible. After all, the right to vote is one of the fundamental rights of our democracy.
Even prior to 2016, California put in place a number of policies that have served us well: voting systems are tested and certified before being used by counties, we require paper ballots and a voter verified paper audit trail, we prohibit voting machines from being connected to the internet, and we require each county to conduct a post-election audit after every election.
But in 2016, we saw an unprecedented effort to interfere in our elections and undermine our democracy. And despite the unanimous findings by our nation’s intelligence community, Trump refuses to hold Putin accountable or take meaningful action to prevent future interference. Meanwhile, Republican leaders in Congress also refuse to act, even killing proposals to provide states additional funding for election cybersecurity.
We can’t afford to wait while Trump and Congress refuse to act, so we took matters into our own hands. While there is zero evidence of any hack or breach of California’s elections in 2016, many California voters experienced the massive disinformation campaigns that created confusion and doubt in our elections.
Governor Brown and the Legislature have stepped up and approved $134 million in the current year budget for voting system upgrades and replacement. And they appropriated an additional $3 million for the Creation of the Office of Election Cybersecurity and the Office of Enterprise Risk Management within the Secretary of State’s office.
As my colleague, Secretary of State Steve Simon of Minnesota, puts it, “election cybersecurity is like running a race without a finish line.”
California is doing everything we can to protect our elections this November, but we can’t do it alone — we’re all in this together.
The first thing every voter should do is verify your voter registration information. In California, you can do it easily by going to voterstatus.sos.ca.gov
If you need to register to vote or update your registration, go to registertovote.ca.gov, but you need to do so no later than October 22nd.
Most importantly, defend our democracy by participating in it. This general election, vote. Vote with confidence. Vote in person or vote by mail, but make sure you vote.
And just like at the airport, if you see something, say something. You can report suspicious activity whether it’s on social media or at your polling place by calling the Secretary of State’s voter hotline at (800) 345-VOTE (8683).
Thank you for your continued support,
California Secretary of State