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View Diary: Did Gerrymandering Cost Dems the House? A 34-State Look at Alternative Nonpartisan Maps Suggests Yes (161 comments)

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  •  Ironically, the California Democratic Party (0+ / 0-)

    did not support having an independent redistricting commission. We have one only because of a citizen's initiative, Proposition 11, Voters First Act, on the November 2008 ballot. States without the initiative process will have a hard time wresting the power of redistricting from the legislatures.

    In accordance with the Voters FIRST Act (Act), the California State Auditor randomly selected the first eight members of the first Citizens Redistricting Commission (Commission) on November 18, 2010. These first eight commissioners—three who are Democrats, three who are Republican, and two who are either Decline-to-State or are registered with another party—were part of the 36 eligible applicants that remained in the sub-pools after the legislative leaders exercised their authority to make strikes and eliminated the names of 24 applicants from the pool of 60 of the most qualified applicants identified on September 23, 2010 by the Auditor’s Applicant Review Panel (Panel). The Panel reviewed and evaluated the applicants based on criteria set forth by the Act approved by voters in November 2008; including relevant analytical skills, the ability to be impartial; and a demonstrated appreciation for California’s diverse demographics and geography.Link and Wikipedia link
    As I recall, more than 24,000 citizens applied formally to be on the commission. The process was very fair.

    The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right. -- Judge Learned Hand, May 21, 1944

    by ybruti on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 03:42:45 PM PDT

    •  Hi Ybruti how are you? (0+ / 0-)

      Nice to salute you again )

      I have a diary published about this issue. There are little words and many maps, but if there is some mistake tell me please )

      •  I didn't see your diary today, but I'll (1+ / 0-)
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        look for it. I'm sure the mistakes don't matter.

        The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right. -- Judge Learned Hand, May 21, 1944

        by ybruti on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 08:10:47 PM PDT

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