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California Elections Data Archive

California has 58 counties, 475 incorporated cities and more than 1,100 school and community college districts.  Every year these jurisdictions hold elections to select county supervisors, city council members, school board trustees and other elective offices as well as deciding the fate of hundreds of ballot measures. The outcomes of these elections affect millions of Californians while also creating an invaluable source of information. But with the sheer number of local jurisdictions in California, the task of monitoring local elections is nearly impossible for individuals.

The California Elections Data Archive or CEDA is a unique resource as it is the only place in California where scholars and students, journalists and activists, citizens and public agencies can access a statewide database of local election results.

CEDA is a joint project of the Center for California Studies, the Institute for Social Research, both of California State University, Sacramento and the office of the California Secretary of State. CEDA includes both candidate and ballot measure results for county, city, community college, and school district elections throughout the State. Election data are collected periodically throughout the year. This enables CEDA to incorporate results from special elections as well as all regularly scheduled elections. Election results from counties, cities, and community college and school districts are entered in the CEDA database from which three standard CEDA reports are generated. These reports include:

  • County Elections: Candidates, ballot designations, and vote totals for all elected county offices; vote totals and text for county ballot measures.
  • City Elections: Candidates, ballot designations, and vote totals for all elected city offices; vote totals and text for all city ballot measures.
  • Community College and School District Elections: Candidates, ballot designations, and vote totals for all elective community college and school district offices; vote totals and text for all district ballot measures.
  • Ballot measures for all jurisdictions are coded according to type (e.g., charter amendment, bond measure, initiative, etc.) and to subject (e.g., taxes, education, public safety, governance, etc.).
  To date, CEDA Reports for:

  • 1995
  • 1996
  • 1997
  • 1998
  • 1999
  • 2000
  • 2001
  • 2002
  • 2003
  • 2004
  • 2005
  • 2006
  • Local Election Trends
    Tables A-1

are available at http://www.csus.edu/isr/reports/california_elections