A Conversation with California Secretary of State Alex Padilla

Alex Padilla

California Secretary of State

Dan Schnur (moderator)

Politics Professor, UC-Berkeley, USC, Pepperdine

September 29, 2020 11:00 AM    Webinar

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Join California Secretary of State Alex Padilla in a conversation with Politics Professor Dan Schnur on the Nov. 3 elections and the 2020 Census. With an estimated 21 million registered voters in California and more than 72% already signed up for universal mail voting, what are the key dates Californians should know to ensure their votes count? How does the statewide vote-by-mail tracking system work? Will there be safe in-person voting locations where I live? What is the length of time for County registrars to count ballots? Secretary Padilla will also provide updates on California’s participation in Census 2020.

Alex Padilla is the California Secretary of State. He is focused on modernizing the office, increasing voter registration and participation, and strengthening voting rights.  He sponsored legislation in 2015 to establish vote centers, expand early voting, and implement same-day conditional voter registration through the Voter’s Choice Act. In 2018, he launched the California Motor Voter program, which automatically registers eligible Californians to vote when they obtain or renew their state ID or driver’s license. The program registered one million new voters in its first year alone. Secretary Padilla oversaw the state’s historic General Election in 2018 where 64.5 percent of registered voters cast a ballot. This represented the highest turnout for a Gubernatorial Election since 1982. In February of 2020, California reached a record of more than 20.6 million registered voters.Previously, he served two terms in the San Fernando Valley in the California State Senate and represented the east San Fernando Valley on the Los Angeles City Council.

Dan Schnur (Moderator) is a Professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications, the University of California – Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies and Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy, where he teaches courses in politics, communications and leadership. Dan was the director of the Sacramento Bee’s “California Influencers” series, in which he led a weekly online conversation among 100 of the state’s most respected experts in politics, government and public policy around the 2018 election. He is also a board member of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall.

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