Voters approved Proposition 11, the Voters First Act, in November 2008, shifting the responsibility of drawing legislative and Board of Equalization district lines from the Legislature to a "citizen's redistricting commission."
The responsibility of helping organize the redistricting commission for state legislative and Board of Equalization districts falls upon the Bureau of State Audits (BSA).
BSA Takes Key Steps in Implementing Prop 11
In Novemeber, the Bureau of State Audits – the state department responsible for implementing Prop 11 and establishing the Citizen’s Redistricting Commission – took two important steps towards establishing the Commission.
First, the BSA announced its selection of those auditors that will be responsible for selecting the first set of redistricting commissioners. The BSA has published bios for those auditors and their alternates.
Second, the BSA launched a new website, wedrawthelines.ca.gov, where they will be accepting online applications from those Californians interested in joining the Citizen’s Redistricting Commission.
Importance of Publicizing wedrawthelines.ca.gov
Although Legislators and Legislative staff can not apply to be on the Redistricting Commission, Legislative offices have an important role to play in promoting the significance of the new Commission and in particular in publicizing the open application period for Redistricting Commissioners.
Referendum against Senate Maps Qualifies for November BallotFebruary 27, 2012
Last week, the Secretary of State released the valid signature count totals for the referendum filed by Fairness and Accountability in Redistricting (FAIR) seeking to prevent the implementation of the Senate maps adopted by the Citizens Redistricting Commission. The Secretary of State has determined that the proponents have submitted a sufficient number of valid signatures for the referendum to be deemed qualified and to appear on the ballot in November.
In January, the Secretary of State indicated that the referendum did not meet the threshold to qualify by the random sample method, but would instead require a full count which requires the verification of each signature submitted. A total of 504,760 valid signatures were needed for the referendum to appear on the ballot in the November primary.
A total of 711,307 signatures were put through the verification process in the full count and a total of 511, 457 were confirmed valid. The referendum will now appear on the November ballot, the results of which will determine which maps will be used for future election cycles.
If the referendum passes, by receiving more than 50% of the votes, the Redistricting Commission's Senate lines will be deemed ratified by the voters and will be used until the next redistricting cycle is completed in 2021.
If the referendum fails, the California Supreme Court will then assume jurisdiction and appoint Special Masters to draw new lines that will be used starting in 2014 until the next redistricting cycle is completed in 2021.
Official Redistricting Website