The California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP)
at the UC Davis Center for Regional Change
CCEP Newsletter
27, 2016

Welcome to the CCEP's new monthly newsletter, 

Engage!  is a place to learn about our work here at the CCEP, and to highlight the many exciting efforts that are happening now in the field civic engagement.  Please read and share!

Mindy Romero, Ph.D.
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Featured Events
May 1st, 1pm 
Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center, UC Davis
Join CCEP director, Mindy Romero, in exploring the Power of the Youth Vote at the annual TEDxUCDavis! TEDxUCDavis is a student organized event series dating back to 2011 based on the well known TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) talk model. This year, T EDxUCDavis  strives to eliminate the fear of being different. The organizers welcome you to the territory of unconventional thinking, where ideas are meant to revitalize, encourage, and inspire. Help ignite discussions about technology, health, art, business, social change, and much more. The conference will feature nine unique talks by individuals who specialize in various disciplines, two mesmerizing performances, and a number of interactive activities and exhibits! 
For more information, visit the TEDxUCDavis website.   T o register visit here. 
What to Expect This June and November
The Effect of New Election Reforms on California's Voter Turnout
Friday, May 6 , 12 PM - 1 PM 
University of California Center Sacramento
1130 K Street, Room LL3
Sacramento, CA 95814

C ould this election bring record voter turnout for California? How will recent election reforms impact voter turnout in the upcoming 2016 elections? Dr. Mindy Romero will present new CCEP research related to the upcoming California primary and general elections. She will examine the recent surge in online voter registration, the use of vote-by-mail, and the effect of possible new reforms on California's historically low voter turnout.
To register, click here.
For the informational flyer, click here
Spring Showcase of Action Civics Projects
April 30, 2016, 8 AM- 3 PM
Where:Sacramento County 
Office of Education Conference Center
3661 Whitehead St. suite 100
                                     Mather, CA 95655

The Sacramento County Office of Education is hosting a Spring Showcase of Action Civics Projects. Colleagues in Los Angeles are hosting their showcase on the same day, and both groups are partnering to create a statewide civic learning event that morning. Each site is hosting a panel of individuals from business, government, and education to discuss the importance of infusing student curriculum with civic engagement. These panels will be simulcast at each site, so participants will be able to hear from and interact with each other. CCEP Director, Mindy Romero, will be a panelist at the Sacramento site. 

Learn more  here
To register: Click here
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Recent Events 
Celebrating the Life and Legacy of César Chávez with Aggies!

The Cesar Chavez Youth Leadership Conference  took place April 9, 2016 at the UC Davis campus. The event was co-sponsored by the CCEP, and drew 1,700 students, parents, teachers, counselors and community members. The conference was a free college and career motivational event for junior high, high school and community college students, as well as parents and community members. It helped students and guests alike explore college choices, connect with community resources and learn from professional role models from within the community. Former CCEP intern, Jessica Jones, represented the CCEP while hosting a workshop on youth engagement. Jones shared her expertise and personal experiences with the students.  

In the News
Error Could Prevent  Nearly Half a Million Californians from Voting in the Democratic Primary on June 7 
An investigation by The Los Angeles Times published this month revealed that a common error made by California Voters may prevent nearly half a million people from casting their votes in the June 7 Democratic Primary.  A survey conducted by the paper revealed that about 73% of Californians registered with the American Independent Party mistakenly believed that they were registered as independent of any political party.  This common mistake could render many people ineligible to vote in the Democratic primary (the Republican Party only allows registered Republicans to vote their in its primary elections in California, whereas the Democratic Party allows those registered as "No Party Preference," as well as registered Democrats, to participate.)  

May 23 is the deadline to check and change party affiliation for those who wish to vote in the upcoming June 7 Democratic Primary.  This can be done at .  

To learn more, see the eye-opening article  from The Los Angeles Times.   
Community Impact: Success Stories
Community Leaders Working Together to Register High School Seniors 
Community leaders are working together to increase voter registration among high school students in California. The Woodland League of Women Voters, the League of United Latin American Citizens, and other nonprofit community organizations recently partnered with the Yolo Superintendent of Schools Jesse Ortiz and the Washington Unified School District in West Sacramento to increase youth civic engagement in the region. This resulted in the Yolo County Board of Education scheduling all county high schools for nonpartisan voter registration, and providing voter education in senior classes. Today, the effort reports a n impressive 95% of the 2,100 high school seniors in Yolo County are registered to vote. 
Similar youth voter registration efforts have been instituted in Tulare and Sonoma Counties. In Sacramento County, the Coalition for Nonpartisan Voter registration, led by retired California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso, has received school board approval to register over 5,100 high school seniors in the Elk Grove Unified School District and over 2,200 high school seniors in the Sacramento Unified School District. A request to replicate these efforts has been proposed to the Twin River School Board, which could result in an additional 10,000 high school seniors registering to vote before the end of the 2015-2016 school year.

Spotlight on the Civic Engagement Field

Each month, the CCEP highlights the work of a community organization that has made a meaningful impact on civic engagement.
Text. Talk. Vote.
On your cell phone  from April 18-May 18, 2016 
Just in time for election season, The National Institute for Civil Discourse presents, Text, Talk, Vote- a civic engagement effort aimed at young people. Join in the conversation about the future of our country and our democracy... via text message! Participate in a dialogue about the importance of voting, what issues matter most to you, and how to be engaged in your community. The ideas collected will be prioritized by participants and then presented to candidates. 

The CCEP is helping to bring groups together in California to participate in Text, Talk, Vote.  To learn more, click here .
Language Accessibility at the Polls Receives New Boost 
On February 25, Secretary of State Padilla swore in members of the first official Language Accessibility Advisory Committee (LAAC). The swearing-in marked the culmination of over two years of work by an informal LAAC, comprised of Future of California Elections members and members of Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles. The informal LAAC has advocated for language access to be considered on the front end of all election related processes and worked to improve the consistency and quality of translation for voters. For example, in 2013 and 2014, LAAC members reviewed or coordinated the review of the translations for the Secretary of State's on-line voter registration website and beta tested the translated pages. 
Many of the informal LAAC members were appointed to the formal LAAC, including Advancing Justice-LA's Voting Rights Project Director, Deanna Kitamura. The LAAC will continue to work with the California Secretary of State to ensure that voters with limited English proficiency have every opportunity to engage in California's electoral democracy. For more information on the LAAC, click here. To learn about Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA, click here.
CCEP Outreach: In the Media

CCEP data and analyses on civic engagement trends are widely cited in the media. Take a look!
LA County Voters Switching Parties in Advance of June 7 Primary 
Los Angeles County has been seen a surge in voters who are switching parties, according to registration numbers analyzed by Southern California Public Radio affiliate KPCC.  Learn more here.
Political Scientists Look at What is Bringing New, Young Voters into the Primary Election

This year, Californians are registering to vote in large numbers. This increase has political scientists and pollsters rushing to learn more about what may be a new crop of voters.  Read more.

Should California Lower its Voting Age?

In this piece, Romero answers the thought provoking question: should California should have a lower voting age. Check out the story.

California Latinos Gravitating toward Bernie Sanders

This article investigates California Latino's voting trends in this years presidential elections. Using CCEP data and research, the piece explores Latino party preferences, motivations, and more. Read on at The San Francisco Chronicle

UC Davis California Civic Engagement Project

CCEP Advisory Committee

Kim Alexander
President and Founder  
California Voter Foundation 

Matt A. Barreto
Professor, Dept. of Political Science
Professor, Dept. of Chicana/o Studies
University of California, Los Angeles

Jonathan Fox
School of International Service
American University  
Luis R. Fraga 
Arthur Foundation Endowed Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership
Professor of Political Science University of Notre Dame
Lisa Garcia Bedolla
Chancellor's Professor of Education and Political Science
University of California, Berkeley
Bruce Haynes
Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology University of California, Davis
Jongho Lee
Dept. of Political Science
Western Illinois University  

Peter Levine 
Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs 
Director of CIRCLE: The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, Tufts University
Matt Mahan
Cofounder and CEO

James Muldavin
Executive Director
California Center for Civic Participation and Youth Development
Karthick Ramakrishnan
Professor of Public Policy
University of California, Riverside
Ricardo Ramirez
Associate Professor, Dept. of Political Science
University of Notre Dame

J ason Reece
Director of Research
Kirwan Institute

Cruz Reynoso
Professor of Law Emeritus
University of California, Davis
Dan Schnur
Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics
University of Southern California

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