After eight months and dozens of hearings and meetings, the voter-created commission has delivered to the Secretary of State the maps for legislative, congressional and Board of Equalization Districts. But it was not a unanimous decision. Republican commission member Michael Ward voted no:
Ward: "Instead of fixing the redistricting process the politicians had so corrupted, we ended up doing the same thing."
Ward argues the process was tainted by politics. Republicans are already planning a referendum challenge. But another GOP Commissioner, Vincent Barabba, says the process was non-partisan, transparent and didn't consider incumbency or politics:
Barabba: "Some people are saying you've taken away my Republican or my Democratic district. We didn't take it away. It wasn't there to start with."