Midterm Election “Debriefing” and Tools for Civic Engagement by Cathy Locke and Deborah Dunn

Did the polls and pundits get it right?

Mindy Romero

Join us Thursday, Nov. 15, for a post-election presentation by Mindy Romero, founder and director of the California Civic Engagement Project.

Romero will discuss recent research, including the effects of vote-by-mail and voting centers on voter turnout, as well as how to ensure access to and accountability of ballots in California and nationwide. A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation.

We will meet at 7 p.m. in the Arcade Branch Library Community Room, 2443 Marconi Ave.

The non-partisan California Civic Engagement Project, affiliated with the USC Price School of Public Policy in Sacramento, conducts research aimed at promoting participation of youth ages 18 to 24 and historically underrepresented communities in the election process.

Romero, who earned her Ph.D. at UC Davis, formally launched the project in 2012 to provide research that could have an impact in the hands of those who seek to inform policymakers and elected officials, and for use by grassroots groups in promoting discussion of social and economic issues.

Romero and CCEP’s research is frequently featured in the media. She is a participant in The Sacramento Bee’s “The Influencer Series”

as well as interviews with Beth Ruyak on Capital Public Radio’s “Insight.” Her Tedx talk on “The Power of the Youth Vote” is available on YouTube.

The CCEP’s recent policy briefs include the impact of the Latino vote on the political landscape and how the public is using the Ballot Initiative Transparency Act. An election series covers California Latino and Asian voter registration rates, how future demographic shifts could affect the makeup of the electorate, and the use of online voter registration across the state by geography, race, age, income level and party affiliation.

In partnership with the Yolo County Assessor/Clerk-Recorder/ Registrar of Voters and Yolo County Office of Education, the CCEP developed a new high school class unit called “The Power of the Youth Vote” to help high school students understand how voting affects them and their communities.

The November program is free of charge. You may register here via Eventbrite.  Click This Link to Register on Eventbrite

We ask only for your name, email and whether you are an AAUW member. Alternatively, you may register by emailing Dawn Boyd at darnone1@att.net.