The initial application period opened Monday for qualified Californians interested in serving on the 2020 Citizens Redistricting Commission.
“The commission selected 10 years ago is widely regarded as a success across the country. We are confident that this new commission will be just as successful in one of the most direct and important democratic processes — the drawing of the district lines of those who will represent all Californians,” State Auditor Elaine M. Howle said.
Applications will be accepted online at shapecaliforniasfuture.auditor.ca.gov during the initial 60-day application period, which runs through Aug. 9, she said.
“In 2008, a statewide initiative took the redistricting task out of the hands of politicians and gave it to the people. Nearly 30,000 people submitted an initial application 10 years ago. Today, once again, I’m inviting hard-working and civically minded Californians to step up to the plate and apply for a seat on our second Citizens Redistricting Commission — I hope to get as many as 10 years ago … and maybe more,” Howle said.
The 2020 Citizens Redistricting Commission will be made up of 14 members and will redraw California’s congressional, state Senate, Assembly, and Board of Equalization districts to reflect new population data after the federal government publishes updated census information. The commission will include five Democrats, five Republicans and four who are either registered without, or “independent” of, any political party — decline-to-state or no party preference — or with another party.
The initial application is open to every voter who has been registered with the same political party or with no political party since July 1, 2015, and has voted in at least two of the last three statewide general elections. Information requested through the initial application is used to determine initial eligibility requirements are met. A supplementary application will be made available at the end of the initial application period to the initial applicants who qualify.
“The work of these commissioners can be challenging, but it’s also rewarding and an invaluable opportunity to participate in direct democracy,” Howle said. “Join the team that is safeguarding the integrity of California’s elections. You can help ensure fair representation for all Californians and ensure your community’s voice is heard by applying today.”
For more information, eligibility requirements, and to apply to the commission, visit shapecaliforniasfuture.auditor.ca.gov or call 833-421-7550.
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