Prior to recent reforms, the California State Legislature used to draw new district lines for Congress and California Senate, Assembly and Board of Equalization. In the past, the Legislature held hearings to receive public input, but then went behind closed doors to draw the real lines. The end result was maps of gerrymandered districts for incumbents that protected them from any competition, that were comprised of the voters and donors they cherry picked. In CA counties and most cities, incumbents still draw their own district lines.


California Common Cause supports efforts to reform elections at the local level. We support the creation of local independent citizens redistricting commissions to draw the district lines according to prioritized rules, instead of incumbents. We also support helping cities and counties to move away from at-large systems which dilute the voting rights of minorities, to districted or alternative voting systems.

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