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20
Congressional district lines to be re-drawn by a committee

Proposition 20 would enhance Proposition 11, which was passed by voters in November 2008. That measure transferred authority to redraw Assembly, Senate, and Board of Equalization district boundaries from the legislature to a 14-person legislative redistricting commission. Proposition 20 would add congressional districts to the redistricting commission's authority. Proposition 20 also defines a "community of interest" for all districts. Proposition 27 on the November ballot would reverse the effects of Proposition 11. If both of these measures are approved by voters, the proposition receiving the greater number of “yes” votes would go into effect, canceling the passage of the other measure.

Official Election Results:

Yes:5,743,069 [61.3%]
No: 3,636,892 [38.7%]

Pro / Con

PRO 

Supporters say that Proposition 20 will create fair congressional districts that will hold congressional representatives more accountable to voters. They also say that Proposition 20 will ensure that redistricting in the state is done in a transparent manner which is open to the public.

Supporters

Voters First [Website archived in Internet Archive]

California Chamber of Commerce

California State Conference of the NAACP

AARP

California Common Cause

CON 

Opponents say that Proposition 20 will "turn the clock back" on redistricting in the state by mandating that congressional district lines are drawn according to economic status. They claim that the measure will cost the state millions, adding to the amount already approved by the legislature under the Proposition 11 process.

Opponents

Californians Against Waste [Website archived in Internet Archive]

California Coalition for Leadership and Accountability[Website archived in Internet Archive]

Congress of California Seniors

League of Women Voters

Polling

Polling

Coming soon!

In-Depth

In-Depth

Introduction

Redistricting is the redrawing of boundaries for legislative districts every 10 years following the national census to reflect changes in population. The governor has the authority to approve or veto proposed districts.

Redistricting and reapportionment, the allocation of seats to states, help determine the partisan makeup of our legislative bodies, and strongly affect the representation of ethnic groups and geographic areas within the state. The high political stakes of redistricting and reapportionment have led to recurring struggles over control of the process.

In a 2005 special election, Governor Schwarzenegger supported Proposition 77, which sought to transfer authority to redraw congressional and legislative district boundaries from the legislature to a panel of retired judges. The measure was defeated by a wide margin. With the passage of Proposition 11 on the November 2008 ballot, authority to redraw Assembly, Senate, and Board of Equalization district boundaries transferred from the legislature to a 14-person legislative redistricting commission.

The Gerry-Mander, Elkanah Tisdale, 1812

Proposition 20

Proposition 20 is one of two redistricting measures on the November 2010 ballot. Proposition 20 would enhance Proposition 11, which transferred authority to redraw Assembly, Senate, and Board of Equalization district boundaries from the legislature to a 14-person legislative redistricting commission, beginning with the 2010 Census. Proposition 20 would add congressional districts to the redistricting commission's authority. Under the measure, the commission must consider the geographic integrity of cities, counties, neighborhoods, and communities of interest when drawing new lines.

Proposition 20 defines a "community of interest" for all congressional, State Senate, State Assembly, and Board of Equalization District seats. Proposition 20 defines a community of interest as ”a contiguous population which shares common social and economic interests that should be included within a single district for purposes of its effective and fair representation.”

Another proposition on the November ballot addresses redistricting issues. Proposition 27 would amend the constitution by returning authority to draw district boundaries for the State Assembly, State Senate, and Board of Equalization to the Legislature. This would reverse the effects of Proposition 11 which transferred authority to redraw districts from the legislature to a legislative redistricting commission. If both Proposition 20 and Proposition 27 are approved by voters, the proposition receiving the greater number of “yes” votes would go into effect.

Voter Resources

Voter Resources

Official CA Documents

Official Voter Information Guide

Campaign Finance Information

Cal-Access General

Committees formed to support or oppose the ballot measure

Cal-Access Ballot Measure Summary Data Search 
Select General 02 November 2010 and Proposition 020.

Cal-Access provides financial information supplied by state candidates, donors, lobbyists, and others.

Nonpartisan Analyses

Ballotpedia

Pros & Cons (League of Women Voters)

Multimedia

Multimedia

Supporters

Opponents

Non-partisan

Endorsements

Endorsements
News and Opinion
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