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The California Election 2020 Data Challenge was a month-long data science + civic engagement competition designed to leverage public data to help us understand this year’s ballot initiatives.

Participants built data literacy and visualization skills and contributed to informed civic dialogue by applying data science to questions about the November 3rd, 2020 CA ballot initiatives, which covered topics including health care, labor regulation, criminal justice, affirmative action, voting rights, affordable housing, consumer privacy, and tax reform. The outcomes of the Challenge were reproducible research projects culminating in a data visualization exploring an issue pertaining to a specific ballot initiative. This experiential education opportunity helped UC Davis students build their technical portfolios, explore publicly available data, expand their professional networks, and win $$$ prizes!

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