Sacramento Stateâ€™s California Election Data Archive makes it a lot easier to track voting trends in local races. Now, if only more people knew about the service.
The project, launched 12 years ago as a partnership between the Universityâ€™s Center for California Studies and the Institute for Social Research, and the Secretary of Stateâ€™s Office, collates and analyzes the results from local elections in 58 counties, 475 cities and more than 1,100 school and community college districts. If someone needs to know how many school bond measures passed last year, or what the incumbent re-election rate is, the archive has the information they need.
You can find the dataâ€”from 1995 to 2006â€”free and online here.