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New Political Maps Approved; Challenges Already In the Works

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, August 15, 2011

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."

If a referendum qualifies for the June 2012 ballot, the State Supreme Court would decide what districts to use next year. 
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