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California Elections Data Archive

California has 58 counties, 480 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 California Elections Data Archive (CEDA) is the only statewide database that collects, tabulates and reports candidate and ballot measure results for all local elections. CEDA reports include all candidates, their ballot designations and vote totals as well as all ballot measures, their ballot summary information and vote totals. Ballot measures are also classified by type and topic. 

CEDA is a partnership between the Center, the Institute of Social Research (ISR) at Sacramento State, and the California Secretary of State. 

CEDA reports are available through the websites of the Center, ISR and the California Secretary of State.  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.).

CEDA reports cover the elections from 1994 through 2012. 

Reports are available through the Secretary of State’s website or ISR’s website

View the video report about CEDA, 1:46 minutes (WMV-7.5MB)


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