As the chief election officers in California and Michigan, we are charged with ensuring and protecting the votes of over 30 million Americans — roughly 20% of the total registered voters in our country. We work to make sure that every eligible citizen is registered, has the information they need to vote, has their vote counted correctly and can have rightly placed faith in a complex electoral process — one made more onerous by the continuing Covid-19 pandemic.
I am lucky to be the chief elections officer for a state whose governor and legislature support equal access to the ballot. Every registered voter in California received a mail-in ballot in September’s recall election as they had the previous November, no application or reason required. Despite mailing over 22 million ballots, there were no major errors regarding where, or to whom, the ballots were sent. Due to its success, California will now permanently mail voters ballots ahead of every election.
After serving two terms on the San Diego Board of Education and four representing California’s 79th Assembly District, Weber is now the third most powerful person in the state. She spoke with the Cut about why she had to be recruited to run for office, her greatest professional heartbreak, and how she’s opening the door for the next generation of Black women leaders.
“I’m probably the number one person who says we need to look at this process,” Secretary of State Shirley Weber told POLITICO in an interview, calling California an “outlier” in matters like the relatively low threshold to qualify a recall. “The process we have is old, it is difficult to implement, it is expensive, and it’s probably not very fair to everyone.”
“California has probably the safest elections of any state in the nation…we have a lot of things in place. We check, we re-check, we verify…” California Secretary of State @DrShirleyWeber joins #GMA3 to offer insight into the governor’s recall election....
Foiled by a key tactic of the Jim Crow era, the Senate has officially missed a historic opportunity to combat the most aggressive attacks on voting rights since that time. We must end the legislative filibuster in the United States Senate.