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What Should We Expect This November?

Mindy Romero, UC Davis
Oct 04, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-700)
1130 K Street, Room LL3
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What should we expect this November?

California has experienced an enormous spike in voter registrations thus far during the 2016 election cycle.  But is this expanded electorate representative of our diverse population?  And how will this rise in registrations impact turnout in the general election?  Dr. Mindy Romero will offer answers to these questions based on data from the June California primary.  New CCEP research identifies how the increased number of voters registering during the lead-up to the primary translated into election outcomes for underrepresented voter groups.  Did youth turn out in big numbers like we saw in other states?  Were Latinos mobilized to register and then to vote in larger numbers than in previous California primaries?  Dr. Romero will also examine current registration trends and other electoral factors in order to help set expectations for the November election.   


Mindy Romero is the founder and director of the California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP) at the UC Davis Center for Regional Change.  Romero is a political sociologist and holds a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology, as well as an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Davis.  Her research focuses on political behavior and race/ethnicity, and seeks to explain patterns of political underrepresentation. 

Romero has been invited to speak about civic engagement and political rights in numerous venues, testifying before the National Commission on Voting Rights and the California Legislature, among others.  Her research has been cited in major news outlets, including the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Politico and the Huffington Post.  She has also been a frequent guest on KFBK, Capital Public Radio, and several other NPR-affiliated stations in California.  She is a regular op-ed contributor to the Sacramento Bee. 

Romero works with a wide array of policymakers, elected officials, voter education groups and community advocates to strengthen political participation and representation.  To this end, she has served on a number of boards and commissions in the Sacramento region.  She is currently a member of the Public Policy Institute Statewide Survey Advisory Committee, President of the Board of the non-profit organization, Mutual Housing California, and Vice-Chair of the Social Services Commission for the City of Davis. 





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