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Apply to Draw New Districts and Shape California's Future

The process of redrawing our voting district boundary lines for our State Legislature and Congress is vital to fair representation. Those lines will be redrawn in 2021, based on the results of the 2020 U.S. Census.  Do you want to be one of the next 14 members of the California Citizens Redistricting Commission, which will be redrawing those districts? The application process has started and will conclude August 9, 2019! Come learn about the Commission application process and other ways you can participate in redistricting for 2021 from Norco resident Jodie P. Filkins Webber, who currently serves on the Commission and helped redraw the district boundary lines in 2011.

Coinciding with the Census every 10 years, each state must redraw their political voting district boundary lines for the primary purpose of maintaining an equal population in each district, preserving the concept of one person, one vote. In 2008, California voters passed Proposition 11, creating a 14-member independent Citizens Redistricting Commission charged with the responsibility of redrawing the voting district boundary lines for the State Assembly, State Senate, and State Board of Equalization. In 2010, voters passed Proposition 20, adding the Congressional districts to the Commission's duties. Redrawing of districts by an independent Citizens Committee puts an end to the gerrymandering of districts that results when legislatures or other partisan bodies draw district boundaries.

The first California Citizens Redistricting Commission was seated in 2010 after an 11-month application and selection process and Norco resident Jodie Filkins Webber was selected to serve as one of the first Commissioners. The California Citizens Redistricting Commission successfully redrew the voting district boundary lines for State Assembly, State Senate, State Board of Equalization, and U.S. Congress, and the final maps were approved in 2011. This process, pioneered in California, is considered a much fairer process than the traditional practice of allowing politicians to draw their own districts.

The California State Auditor’s Office opened the application process for the selection of the next commission on June 10, 2019, and the initial application phase will end on August 9, 2019. Current Commissioner Filkins Webber, in conjunction with the State Auditor’s office and other interested groups, will provide an overview of the qualifications, application process and offer insights from her experience serving on the Commission. Perhaps another Norconian will be represented on the next California Citizens Redistricting Commission!  

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