California Civic Engagement Project



Innovative research that challenges the way we understand participation and access in our civic communities



Engaging a wide variety of stakeholders in order to democratize access to university data and research



Research to inform and empower a wide range of policy and organizing efforts, increasing equity and well-being throughout the state and beyond..

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. Founded and directed by Mindy Romero, it is housed at the UC Davis Center for Regional Change.


The CCEP was established to engage public dialogue on representative governance in California. CCEP research is intended to inform and empower a wide range of policy and organizing efforts, supporting equity and well-being throughout the state.

Civic engagement is critical to addressing disparities in state and regional patterns of well-being and opportunity, including outcomes in education, health and employment. The CCEP plays a lead role

in improving the quality and quantity of publicly available civic engagement data by collecting and curating data from a broad range of sources for public access and use.

A key focus of CCEP data analysis is identifying disparities and opportunities in civic participation across place and population in the state. CCEP research also helps explore non-traditional measures of civic engagement, particularly among groups historically underrepresented in our civic and political institutions.

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

New Research Policy Brief Release!

The California Voter Experience: Vote-by-Mail vs. the Polls

To better understand California voters experiences with the different available methods of casting a ballot, the UC Davis California Civic Engagement Project recently conducted a multi- method research study entitled The California Voter Experience Study. In this first in a series of research briefs examining the California voter experience, we answer the following questions:

1.  Who uses Vote-by-Mail in California?

2.  Why do California voters choose Vote-by-Mail instead of voting in person?

3.  How do different groups of voters react to the possible use of a Vote Center Model in California?

4.  What can we learn from Colorado’s experience with the Vote Center Model?

Click here to read the brief.


Recent Research Release

Online Voter Registration: Expanding Access to California's Electoral Process

California's online voter registration (OVR) system was a major factor in the recent registration surge leading up to the state's primary election registration deadline.  A new policy brief by the CCEP examines use of online voter registration across the state by geography, race, age, income level and party affiliation.


Research Highlights:

Nearly 4 million online voter registrations have been processed in California since this option debuted in 2012, 1.8 million in 2016.

Online voter registration is more prevalent in urban, densely populated areas and among younger voters in California.

California Colleges and Universities could be doing a better job of making online voter registration accessible to college students.

Low income, Latino and Asian Californians are less likely to register online than the general population.

Most Asian and Latino online registrants in California are U.S.-born.

Click here for the brief!


CCEP Data Hub

Please visit the links below to search for CCEP Data.

California Voter Registration Data Files: 2002-2012 - New!

California Youth Civic Engagement Data Files: 2010 (county and census tract levels) and 2012, 2014 General Elections (county level) - New!

California Voter Registration Data and GIS Maps

California Voter Turnout Data and GIS Maps

California Demographic Data and GIS Maps

Current Population Survey (November supplement)

California Healthy Kids Survey (civic engagement measures only)


Other data resources

New California Legislative District Maps and Demographics

California Legislative Voting Records

Characteristics of California Electoral Races (Coming soon)


Click here to see an enlarged version of the pictured map.

Project Inquiries:
Mindy Romero, Ph.D., Director

(530) 665-3010

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