Only half of California adults can be expected to vote in this year’s presidential election, and they are likely to be very different from those who do not vote—in their demographic and economic backgrounds and in their political attitudes. Join us in Los Angeles on May 13 for a discussion about what this means for California and what practical steps can be taken to expand and diversify the state’s electorate.

The event begins with a one-on-one conversation between Alex Padilla, California secretary of state, and Mark Baldassare, PPIC president and CEO, and the author of California’s Exclusive Electorate: Who Votes and Why it Matters. This will be followed by a panel discussion of state and local leaders. The panelists are Dean Logan, registrar-recorder of Los Angeles County; Karthick Ramakrishnan, associate dean of the School of Public Policy at the University of California, Riverside; and Karla Zombro, field director of California Calls. The moderator is Efrain Escobedo, vice president for civic engagement and public policy at the California Community Foundation.

Date: May 13, 2016

Time: 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. (registration 11:45 a.m.)

Location: Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown Hotel California Ballroom

711 S. Hope Street

Los Angeles, CA 90017

There is no charge to attend and lunch will be provided. Please register by May 6. For more information and to register, visit