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Mindy Romero, Director of the CRC's California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP) released a new issue brief examining California's vote-by-mail ballots. Voting by mail surpassed 50 percent of votes cast in a general election in California for the first time in 2012. In the June 2014 primary, nearly 70% of all voters used vote-by-mail ballots. In every election, there are mail ballots that are cast but go uncounted. leaving voters disenfranchised. Understanding how and why many California ballots are invalidated (e.g., signature verification issues, postal issues) at the county level can critically inform efforts to reduce the percentage of the state's mail ballots that go uncounted in November 2014 and beyond.
For the latest on the CCEP's research, follow Mindy Romero on Twitter @MindySRomero.