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Surge In Applications For Citizens Redistricting Commission

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, February 8, 2010
State Auditor Elaine Howle says she didn’t realize just how popular California’s citizens redistricting commission would be:

 “Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be talking about 20-thousand applicants.”

Howle says her office is now getting 872 applications a day on average for the 14-member commission. She says that’s up significantly since radio ads came out a few weeks ago. Because of the uptick, Howle is extending the application deadline a few days, to February 16th.

 “California voters are really stepping up and getting engaged in this process so I want to give them just a few more days to apply.”

Applicants so far have been mostly white males, prompting some concern about the diversity of the group. The redistricting commission was created by voters to draw the state legislative and board of equalization districts after each Census. Previously lawmakers carved up the map themselves.  
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