Quitting job, going to law school, and launching VoterAccess.org

For the last couple of years, I’ve been at the California Secretary of State’s Office helping to run elections statewide. I decided a few months ago to leave my position so I could attend law school. I just started up at UC Davis School of Law and will be studying the law for the next 3 years in pursuit of my Juris Doctorate.

Photo of Jon Ivy standing with Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Chief of the Elections Division Jana Lean

Photo of Jon Ivy standing with Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Chief of the Elections Division Jana Lean

My time at the Secretary of State’s Office was great. I got to meet a lot of interesting people, and the work I did really made me feel like I made a difference in the world.

While at the Secretary of State’s Office, I worked as the Voter Access Coordinator for the Elections Division. The role broadly involved working to improve access to elections for people with disabilities and minority language speakers. Under that umbrella, I managed a couple of statewide committees dedicated to disability access and language access, represented the Secretary of State to elections officials and outside organizations, and managed projects related to elections throughout the state.

Because I learned so much about elections and about upcoming changes in the elections system here in California, I really want to keep helping to improve access to elections here in California and throughout the country. And so, I’m staying involved as best I can, and I plan to continue to take part in discussions and projects related to elections.

To help collect my thoughts on voting rights and continue to serve California, I’m developing an organization geared towards access to elections. I call it Voter Access, and it can be found online at VoterAccess.org.

Screenshot of VoterAccess.org, September 2017

Screenshot of VoterAccess.org, September 2017

Currently, the site has a couple of blog posts and a longform report on language minority demographics in California. In the future, I plan to start making videos and producing other content related to elections.

Most of my non-partisan elections work will end up on VoterAccess.org, and the rest of my commentary, mostly political, will get put up on this blog at jonivy.com.

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