Every election season has its ups and downs — now this one has acrosses as well.

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Think you know California, from its Capitol culture to its latest ballot props? This crossword puzzle will put your expertise to the test. Time yourself and let us know how you did.

And if you need hints, avail yourselves of the clues’ hyperlinks to our Election 2020 Voter Guide, studded with answers just awaiting your discovery.

After all, this election isn’t just a Trump-Biden cage-match. Californians will have a direct say in the fate of a dozen ballot measures, some placed on your ballot by lawmakers, others by activists, others by industries.

If you’re still game after you’ve mastered this California Crossword, check out our Interactive “Gimme Props” — it will help you discern, based on your responses, how you might want to vote on Nov. 3.

To be sure you’re prepared to play in Election 2020, register to vote — or if you think you already are registered, you can confirm that online.

Crossword designed by Ben Christopher and built online by Kevin Lizarazo.

Via the Post It, CalMatters political reporter Ben Christopher shares frequent updates from the (socially distanced) 2020 campaign trail.

Californians — what to know before you vote

In addition to the high-stakes Trump vs. Biden presidential match, the 2020 ballot asks you whether to raise property taxes, expand rent control, ban cash bail, further protect consumer data privacy and resurrect affirmative action. It also will determine if the state Legislature remains in the control of a gigamajority of Democrats, and if the…

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Ben covers housing policy and previously covered California politics and elections. Prior to these roles at CalMatters, he was a contributing writer for CalMatters reporting on the state's economy and...