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California Redistricting Commission Releases First Draft of New District Maps

With 53 Congressional districts, over 12 percent of the entire chamber, California is by far the most important prize in redistricting. In the past the state legislature controlled the redistricting process and the result was heavy partisan gerrymandering producing mostly safe seats and almost no competitive ones.

This cycle the process will be radically different thanks voters approving Proposition 20 in 2010, which gave the job of redistricting to the new California Citizens Redistricting Commission. The Commission has release today the first draft and the result is some significant changes from the previous one.

While this draft isn’t final it is likely the new map finally approved by the Commission will likely cause a serious shake up in the state. Combined with the new “top two primary” system which the state will also be using for the first time, the 2012 election in California will be very interesting.

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California Redistricting Commission Releases First Draft of New District Maps

With 53 Congressional districts, over 12 percent of the entire chamber, California is by far the most important prize in redistricting. In the past the state legislature controlled the redistricting process and the result was heavy partisan gerrymandering producing mostly safe seats and almost no competitive ones.

This cycle the process will be radically different thanks voters approving Proposition 20 in 2010, which gave the job of redistricting to the new California Citizens Redistricting Commission. The Commission has release today the first draft and the result is some significant changes from the previous one.

While this draft isn’t final it is likely the new map finally approved by the Commission will likely cause a serious shake up in the state. Combined with the new “top two primary” system which the state will also be using for the first time, the 2012 election in California will be very interesting.

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Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at http://pendinghorizon.com

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