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Improving California’s Democracy

Mark Baldassare | October 2012

Summary

California voters are pessimistic and polarized, but they agree in two areas: they have confidence in local government and faith in the initiative process. Recognizing the disconnect between the desire to bring government closer to the people and the fact that millions of Californians do not vote, this report recommends ways to engage and inform a wider electorate.

This report was supported with funding from the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation.

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