No on 20 - Congressional Redistricting Print

Official Title and Summary

Initiative Constitutional Amendment
Redistricting of Congressional Districts.

  • Removes elected representatives from the process of establishing congressional districts and transfers that authority to the recently-authorized 14-member redistricting commission.
  • Redistricting commission is comprised of five Democrats, five Republicans, and four voters registered with neither party.
  • Requires that any newly-proposed district lines be approved by nine commissioners including three Democrats, three Republicans, and three from neither party.

Summary of Legislative Analyst's Estimate of Net State and Local Government Fiscal Impact

  • No significant net change in state redistricting costs.

Peace and Freedom Party Position

No on 20 and 27: redistricting will not get us democracy. In a true democracy, people are represented fairly, and elected bodies reflect the population. When a representative body reflects the voters in proportion to the support for each viewpoint, it is called "proportional representation."

No matter how one re-draws the boundaries, winner-take-all elections by single-member districts will never produce elected bodies that reflect the make-up of the populace or represent their views. That's why the Peace and Freedom Party opposes redistricting in its current form. We point voters to the real solution: multiple-member districts with proportional representation.

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