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While the Ballot Counting Continues in Many CA Counties, Prop 11 Maintains a solid 50.8% Majority! 

 

Thank you to all the volunteers and supporters for your help in passing this historic proposition

and returning accountability to our state politics. 

Without you this victory would not have been possible.

 

As the ballot counting continues, here are the answers to some basic questions:

 

1)  Where can check on the updated results if I want to see them?  http://vote.sos.ca.gov/.  You can see the Prop. 11 results by county or statewide.  http://vote.sos.ca.gov/Returns/props/map190000000011.htm is the link to the county by county results.  When you move your cursor over a particular county, the results for that county appear in the legend.  The Rose Report Blog, the blog of the Rose Institute of State and Local Government also has up-to-the-minute results and analysis of the Prop 11 situation.

2)   Why the delay in announcing the results?  Counties are going through all of the vote by mail and provisional ballots.  This is a fairly involved process where the county workers have to compare signatures and other information to what is on file in the voters’ registration.  Counties have 35 days from election to do this.  In large counties like LA, they are working through weekends and holidays to get all the votes counted.  The estimates are that there are about 2.5 million more votes to be processed after Election Day.

3)   So when will we know

County elections officials must report their final results to the Secretary of State 35 days after Election Day, which for this election is December 9.  The Secretary of State then has four additional days to certify the results of the election, which in this case is December 13. (Elections Code section 15501)

 

Thank you for joining:

  • California Common Cause
  • League of Women Voters of California
  • AARP
  • ACLU of Southern California
  • Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Former Controller Steve Westly
  • Former Governor Gray Davis

... and hundreds more individuals, organizations, and elected officials who voted YES on Prop 11. Click here for a full list of endorsers.

 

 

 


Information about California Voters FIRST

Click here to read the California Voters FIRST initiative.

California Voters FIRST
November 2008 Redistricting Initiative Summary


I. Background: What is redistricting?

  • Every 10 years, after the census, the CA State Legislature draws new district lines for Congress and CA Senate, Assembly and Board of Equalization.
  • The Legislature holds hearings to receive public input, but then goes behind closed doors to make the real deals.
  • The end result is “safe” districts for incumbents, protected from any competition, and comprised of the demographics they choose.

II. California Voters FIRST Overview: Create a Citizens Redistricting Commission

  • 14-Person Redistricting Commission (5 Democrats/5 Republicans/4 other).
  • Politically balanced among Democrats, Republicans, and others (other parties and decline to state).
  • Reflects our State’s ethnic, gender, and demographic diversity.

III. How is the Commission Chosen?

  • California registered voters invited to participate.
  • A pool of 60 (20D, 20R, 20o) is selected based on relevant analytical skills, ability to be impartial, and diversity by a review panel of state auditors (1D/1R/1o randomly selected by the California State Auditor).
  • The 4 Legislative leaders can each disqualify up to 2 in each category, resulting in a pool of at least 12 Democrats, 12 Republicans and 12 others.
  • 8 Commissioners are named through random drawing of the State Auditor (3D/3R/3o).
  • The 8 Commissions select the final 6 Commissioners (2D/2R/2o) from the remaining pool in order to complement the balance of skills and diversity.

IV. Mapping Criteria (in ranked order)

  1. Districts shall comply with the US Constitution, including equal population requirements.
  2. Districts shall comply with the Voting Rights Act.
  3. Districts shall be geographically contiguous.
  4. The geographic integrity of any city, county, or city and county, neighborhoods, or communities of interest shall be respected. Communities of interest shall not be defined as relations with incumbents, candidates, or parties.
  5. Districts shall be compact.
  6. To the extent possible, after the above criteria have been satisfied, districts shall be nested.

Incumbent residences may not be considered; districts may not be drawn to protect incumbents.

V. Adoption of a Plan

  • 9 members shall represent a quorum.
  • 9 votes shall be required for any official action.
  • 9 votes (3D/3R/3o) are required to adopt a plan.
  • The Commission shall complete redistricting by a date-certain - September 30, XX11.
  • The final redistricting plan shall be subject to referendum.

VI. Scope

  • Senate, Assembly and Board of Equalization seats will be drawn by the Commission in the next redistricting, 2011.
  • Congressional seats will be drawn by the state legislature, following the same mapping criteria and hearing requirements as the Commission.

Click herefor a more detailed, two page summary.