Tuesday, March 15, 2011

California Leaving Redistricting in the Hands of an Independent Commission

Legislative districts will undergo big changes as politicians redraw maps according to the 2010 Census data. California however, will leave it in the hands of independent commissions.

  • Census data mean big changes in legislative districts (By Dan Walters, Sac Bee) Were redistricting still in the purview of the Legislature, politicians and their staffs could make those changes in ways that would protect or enhance the political standing of whomever they wished. However, for the first time in state history, redistricting will be in the hands of an independent commission that is supposed to ignore partisan or personal political impacts.
  • New Registration Data Released for California (Ballot Access News) the parties that increased their share of the registration are American Independent, Libertarian, and Peace & Freedom. The parties that declined are Democratic, Republican, Green, and Reform. Independent registration rose

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