Irvine Foundation

Future of California Elections

Future of California Elections Members 

FOCE Staff:

Astrid Ochoa, Executive Director, [email protected]
Lupe Flores, Deputy Director, Outreach and Communications, [email protected]
Katy Flaherty, Project Coordinator, [email protected]

The Future of California Elections (FOCE) is a nonpartisan network of election officials, civil rights organizations, reform advocates and civic engagement organizations working to advance California’s democracy since late 2011. CACEO is one of the founding member of FOCE; click here to view all founding members.   

Email [email protected] for more information about participating in the network.


FoCE works to modernize elections and advance voter participation. To achieve this goal, FoCE hosts events and develops peer-reviewed toolkits to improve the voter experience and collects the network’s research and materials to build an extensive library of resources for California elections.

Voter’s Choice Act: FoCE leads a statewide network, Voter’s Choice California, which works to support implementation of the VCA.

Election 2020 Resources: Plain language materials for Election 2020 forthcoming.

Same Day Registration Toolkit for March 2020 Primary: Plain language resource to explain cross-over voting and the opportunity to register right through election day.

Voter Experience Index: Reports and research from partners to improve the voter experience. Topics: Best Practices for VIGs, Language Assistance, Accessibility

FOCE Annual Conference Archive and Videos: Annual conference materials, powerpoint presentations and video  

Additional Resources: A collection of past toolkits and factsheets the network developed over the years.

 History of Future of California Elections

In late 2011, the James Irvine Foundation convened a group of stakeholders interested in improving elections administration in California. Over three months of research and conversation this diverse group of stakeholders developed a roadmap about the future of California elections.

Today, FoCE continues to draw inspiration from that original roadmap but is guided by annual priorities defined by the founding members each January. FoCE staff convenes and leads the network thanks to the generous support from the James Irvine Foundation and Democracy Fund. Each member organization funds its own participation in the network.

A special thank you to the James Irvine Foundation for taking the initiative to convene these early meetings examining California’s election system and identifying future opportunities to increase voter engagement and participation. These meeting were the start of a conversation that has continued for nearly a decade to expand and improve access to voting in our state.