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Past · April 15, 2015

Civic Engagement and Voter Turnout

2015 Speaker Series on California's Future

April 15, 2015 · 8:00 pm

Sheraton Grand Hotel
1230 J Street, Magnolia room
Sacramento, CA 95814

About the Program

Over the past 20 years, voter turnout in California has been slipping. The state is struggling with a gap between those who vote and the rest of the population. Join us as we focus on the reforms that are under way—and others California should consider—to reverse these troubling trends. The event will begin with a conversation between PPIC President Mark Baldassare and Secretary of State Alex Padilla, followed by a panel discussion with experts and elected leaders.


11:45 a.m. Registration and begins

12:00 p.m. Lunch

12:05 p.m. Welcome
Donna Lucas, founder and CEO, Lucas Public Affairs

12:10 p.m. One-on-One Conversation
Alex Padilla, secretary of state, State of California

Mark Baldassare, president and CEO, PPIC

12:30 p.m. Panel Discusson and Q&A
Moderator: John Myers, senior editor, California Politics & Government, KQED

Kathay Feng, executive director, California Common Cause

Mike Madrid, principal, GrassrootsLab

Bruce McPherson, supervisor, District 5, Santa Cruz County

Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, assemblymember, State of California

1:30 p.m. Adjourn


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