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California Auditor Is Looking For People To Help Redraw State Voting Maps

Photo caption: A 2011 draft of the California Citizens Redistricting Commission's map for th...

Photo credit: California Citizens Redistricting Commission

A 2011 draft of the California Citizens Redistricting Commission's map for the state's congressional districts. For more information on the 2020 redistricting commission go here.

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California Auditor Elaine Howle joins Midday Edition to discuss the application process for the state's next redistricting commission, what's at stake and why more states are following California's effort to take politicians out of the redistricting process.

Aired: June 11, 2019 | Transcript

The state commission in charge of redrawing California's political maps is now accepting applications.

In 2008, California voters passed the Voters First Act, which gave the power of drawing the state's electoral maps to an independent citizens commission. Before then, the process was in the hands of the state legislature often to the benefit of incumbents.

The state must redraw the boundaries of its congressional, state legislative and Board of Equalization districts every ten years to reflect changes to California's population. After the 2020 Census, it will be time to redraw the lines for future elections.

People interested in serving on the commission can apply online.

California State Auditor Elaine Howle, who oversees the redistricting commission, joins Midday Edition to discuss what's at stake and why more states are following California's effort to take politicians out of the redistricting process.

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