California Secretary of State

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    Mark P. Meuser
    (Rep)

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    Alex Padilla
    (Dem)

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Biographical Information

What would you do as secretary of state to improve voting participation?

Age 44
Birthplace (city) Huntington Beach
Residence (city) Concord
Campaign telephone (209) 763-8737
Campaign email contact@markmeuser.com
Education Law degree, Oak Brook College of Law, 2004.
Experience Constitutional attorney; election law attorney.
Voting participation is low because a large segment of the voters believe that their vote does not count. By eliminating those who are ineligible to vote from the rolls and by investigating accusations of fraud, I hope to restore public confidence.
Age 45
Birthplace (city) Los Angeles
Residence (city) Los Angeles
Campaign email alex@alex-padilla.com
Education Bachelor's degree, mechanical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1994.
Experience California Secretary of State, 2015– present; State Senate, Dist. 20, Dec. 2006–Nov. 2014; Los Angeles City Council, Dist. 7, July 1999–Dec. 2006.
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As Secretary of State I’ve sponsored bills bringing automatic registration, more choices for CA voters to vote, and pre-registration for 16&17-year-olds. Since I took office, over 2 million new voters have registered and 100,000 have pre-registered.