More Than 10,300 Apply To Serve On California 2020 Redistricting Commission

August 2, 2019 by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – With a week to go before the filing deadline, more than 10,300 Californians have applied to serve on the state’s 14-member Citizens Redistricting Commission.

“This is great news for direct democracy,” said Elaine M. Howle, California’s state auditor, as she made the number public.

She also vowed that she and her staff would “continue working to encourage even more eligible individuals” to apply before the deadline for the initial application period expires on August 9.

The independent districting commission was authorized through a ballot initiative, the Voters FIRST Act, that passed with overwhelming public support in 2008.

By law it is composed of five Democrats, five Republicans, and four individuals who are either registered with another party or declined to pick a party preference when they registered to vote.

Such was the excitement the first time around that more than 31,000 applied to be part of the inaugural panel.

The first group of commissioners was charged with drawing only the state legislative map, but after the 2010 passage of California Proposition 20, the Voters First Act for Congress, their mandate was expanded to include redrawing the state’s U.S. congressional district boundaries as well.

The state auditor’s office said in a release that it is seeking eligible residents who have strong analytical skills, an ability to be impartial, and an appreciation for California’s diversity.

Individuals seeking application data, eligibility requirements, or wanting to apply to be a member of the 2020 Citizens Redistricting Commission, can do so here.

State News

Kentucky's New Governor Restores Voting Rights to 140,000 Nonviolent Felons State News
Kentucky's New Governor Restores Voting Rights to 140,000 Nonviolent Felons
December 13, 2019
by Dan McCue

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday restored the voting rights of more than 140,000 people with nonviolent felony convictions, making good on an inaugural promise he made after being sworn in recently. The order signed by Beshear applies to Kentuckians who have committed nonviolent offenses and... Read More

Pennsylvania Election Fiasco Blamed on Incorrect Settings on New Voting Machines State News
Pennsylvania Election Fiasco Blamed on Incorrect Settings on New Voting Machines

PHILADELPHIA — When votes were tallied last month using new voting machines in Northampton County, it was quickly obvious that something had gone wrong. The numbers were so clearly inaccurate that a judge ordered the machines impounded, scanners were brought in to help count ballots, and... Read More

North Carolina’s Attorney General Joins in Criticism of UNC’s Silent Sam Deal with Confederates State News
North Carolina’s Attorney General Joins in Criticism of UNC’s Silent Sam Deal with Confederates

RALEIGH, N.C. — Add North Carolina’s attorney general to the list of those who don’t think the University of North Carolina System should give $2.5 million to the N.C. Sons of Confederate Veterans to preserve and display the Silent Sam Confederate monument. Josh Stein “personally believes... Read More

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Push To Block Wild Mustang Capture Environment
Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Push To Block Wild Mustang Capture
December 13, 2019
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of lawmakers wrote the House and Senate appropriations panels this week, asking them to withhold funding from a new Trump administration proposal to accelerate the capture of 130,000 wild horses across the west in the next decade. The House and Senate... Read More

Lawsuit Alleges Detroit Has Thousands of Dead Residents on Voting Rolls Voting
Lawsuit Alleges Detroit Has Thousands of Dead Residents on Voting Rolls

DETROIT — An advocacy group is suing Detroit election officials, claiming they violated the National Voter Registration Act by failing to properly maintain city voting rolls, including listing long-dead residents and keeping multiple registrations for the same people. The “failure” to comply with federal voter registration... Read More

18 Ohio Voters Could Face Charges for Casting Multiple Ballots in 2018 State News
18 Ohio Voters Could Face Charges for Casting Multiple Ballots in 2018
December 12, 2019
by Dan McCue

Ohio's Secretary of State on Wednesday referred the names of 18 voters to prosecutors for allegedly casting multiple votes in the 2018 mid-term election. Secretary Frank LaRose said the voters were identified through the Electronic Registration Information Center, a coalition of states sharing data in order... Read More

Straight From The Well
scroll top