Election Funding Project Announced
As state funding for California’s elections has withered over the past several years, advocates in the state have become interested in the funding models used in different counties and other states. Those topics are the subject of a new study announced this week by the government reform group California Forward, with support from the James Irvine Foundation.
California Forward will use the study to come up with options for local and state officials who are looking for a different funding model. They will focus on sustainability, efficiency, innovation, and adequacy.
In their announcement, the group says they believe that “stabilizing election funding is an important step toward strengthening civic engagement.”
Counties and other local agencies have been left funding the complete cost of elections in California as, over the last five to ten years the state has eliminated funding for election mandates and stopped reimbursing counties for the costs of special vacancy elections for the Legislature.
Results from the study are expected in early 2016.