Redistricting expansion initiative qualifies for Nov. ballot

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, May 7, 2010 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

This week the California Secretary of State’s office officially qualified an initiative to add redrawing congressional districts to the duties of the Citizens Redistricting Commission.  The initiative is now the third measure to qualify for voter consideration in November.

The “Voters First Act for Congress” would give the job of redrawing congressional district lines every 10 years to the 14-member citizen panel that was created as a result of the successful passage of Proposition 11 in 2008. Under Proposition 11, the Commission was established to draft state legislative and Board of Equalization districts, however the Congressional districts remained in the hands of the legislature.

The campaign to qualify the measure submitted over 1 million signatures earlier this year, far exceeding the 694,354-signature threshold for qualifying.

CMTA supports this initiative.

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