California Civic Engagement Project



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California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP)

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California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP)

The California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP) is a non-partisan civic engagement research and outreach initiative for the state of California. The CCEP seeks to address the limited quality and quantity of publicly available civic engagement data. Its mission is to collect and curate civic engagement data from a broad range of sources, making them a publicly available resource to all interested audiences, including political researchers, public officials, advocacy groups and communities themselves.


A key focus of CCEP data analysis is identifying disparities and opportunities in civic participation across place and population in the state. The project also supports research that explores non-traditional measures of civic engagement, particularly those that may be more likely experienced by historically disadvantaged or disconnected groups. One unique contribution of the CCEP is its series of policy briefs on the 2012 election, each highlighting emerging analysis of the Latino, Asian-American and youth electorates. GIS spatial analysis is conducted highlighting hot spots of engagement by place and population in the state. See the CCEP’s national and state advisory committee here:


The CCEP invites inquiries and feedback on these data from all interested audiences. Click here to share your thoughts.

Video! Click here for coverage of CCEP Latino and Asian Policy Brief Findings by the UC Davis

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Latest at the CCEP


CCEP Releases New Policy Brief on California's Youth Vote

California’s 2014 Youth Voter Turnout: Decline and Future Opportunities

Only 18% of California’s eligible voters (citizens over age 18) turned out to vote in the June 2014 primary election; the lowest eligible turnout of any statewide election in California history. Given the gap between eligible youth turnout (age 18-24) and the rest of the electorate is typically larger in primary elections, the CCEP examines how low youth turnout was in the June primary. The study also projects what the future impact of the youth vote might be in California going forward, given both its changing party affiliations and population size.

Click here to download the policy brief!

Click here to explore detailed data tables and maps from the new brief.

See all the CCEP policy briefs.


CCEP Releases a New Issue Brief on California's Vote-by-Mail Use!

The California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP), in partnership with the Future of California Elections, is releasing the third in a series of issue briefs examining California's vote-by-mail ballots.


Disparities in California’s Uncounted Vote-by-Mail Ballots: Youth, Language Preference and Military Status


Voting by mail surpassed 50 percent of votes cast in a general election in California for the first time in 2012. In the June 2014 primary, nearly 70% of all voters used vote-by-mail ballots. In every election, there are mail ballots that are cast but go uncounted leaving voters disenfranchised. Understanding how and why many California ballots are invalidated (e.g., signature verification issues, postal issues) at the county level can critically inform efforts to reduce the percentage of the state's mail ballots that go uncounted in November 2014 and beyond.

The California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP) recently published an issue brief examining reasons for Vote-by-Mail (VBM) ballot rejection in the state of California and the methods taken at the county level to help voters correct VBM ballot issues. Utilizing detailed voter registration data from California’s county election offices, this latest brief breaks down the analysis of the state’s rejected by age, language preference and military status for the 2012 General Election. Key findings include the following:

Youth and non-English language voters are more likely to experience VBM ballot rejection.Missing signatures are a major reason non-English ballots are rejected. Military and overseas voters experience a higher likelihood their VBM ballots will go uncounted.



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Mindy Romero, Director

(530) 665-3010

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