I am in Indiana but wanted to note the official launch of the California Civic Engagement Project. Housed at UC-Davis, the Project seeks to collect and analyze data on civic engagement in the nation’s largest state, where the civic infrastructure is relatively weak–which may explain its serial crises in governance. I am on the advisory board and recommend the Project’s work. Their second big public report finds,
California youth voter registration numbers have grown substantially over the course of the last decade, 25% from the 2002-2010 November elections, outpacing growth in the general electorate. Despite these gains, youth remain underrepresented in California’s electorate, with disparity greatest in regions with some of the poorest outcomes for youth.