California Voters Approve Citizen Panel Redistricting, AP Says
California voters approved a ballot measure financed largely by Charles Munger Jr., son of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s Charles Munger, that strips California lawmakers of responsibility for drawing the boundaries of congressional districts.
Proposition 20 was winning 65 percent to 35 percent, with 17 percent of precincts counted, according to the Associated Press. The measure puts the task of reshaping the districts represented by California’s 53 members of the House of Representatives into the hands of a Citizens Redistricting Commission.
Proposition 27, a competing measure backed by billionaire George Soros, unions and Democratic Party leaders to disband the commission and return districting powers to lawmakers, was losing, 61 percent to 39 percent.
The Citizens Redistricting Commission, created in a 2008 ballot measure to draw state Assembly and Senate districts, will include five Republicans, five Democrats and four members who aren’t from either party, according to its website. All will be chosen through a process supervised by the state auditor.
Legislative districts are redrawn every 10 years based on the decennial U.S. Census, to adjust for population shifts, according to the California auditor’s website. Congressional districts are also reshaped to account for changes in population, based on the census.
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