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LAist Guide to the Election: Proposition 11

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What is it? Prop 11 seeks to redraw the states' political boundaries that some have complained are too ridiculously drawn to all but ensure an incumbent will retain his seat. If it passes, Prop 11 would establish a 14 member commission to redraw the 120 districts in the state Assembly and Senate that would result in more competitive elections every two years, or so the hope goes.

Aren't districts already redrawn every so often? Yes. Every 10 years, the state Constitution calls on the Legislature to adjust the boundaries of districts used to elect public officials. The information used to redraw these districts are culled from information found in the federal census that counts where we live and who lives next to us.

What effect has the recount had on our voting districts?
Everybody knows that California is a Democrat state. No Republican presidential candidate has won the state in 20 years years and of the 120 Assembly and Senate legislators in the state house, 73 are Democrats. That is to say nothing of our two (out of two) U.S. Senators and wide swath of Democratic congressional members and a governor that leans to the left and has been largely disowned by his Republican party.

But it wasn't always that way.