Application & Selection Process
California voters authorized the creation of the Citizens Redistricting Commission (Commission) when they passed the Voters FIRST Act (Act) in 2008. The Act requires the State Auditor to initiate and implement an application process for selecting the 14 members of the Commission.
You can apply for the 2020 Commission if you meet the minimum eligibility requirements:
- Have been a registered voter since July 1, 2015;
- Have been registered without a, or "independent" of any, political party (decline-to-state or no party preference) or registered with the same political party since July 1, 2015; and
- Voted in at least two of the last three statewide elections.
However, an applicant is ineligible to serve on the Commission if the applicant has a conflict of interest as defined by the Act within the 10 years prior to submitting an application.
- Opportunity of a Decade – If you believe politics are better when all sides work together and if you have a passion for civic engagement, this is the opportunity of a decade.
- Power to Draw Fair Lines – Ten years ago, voters gave Californians the power to draw fair district lines that best reflect the interests of the people, not the incumbent political parties.
- Fair Representation - You can help ensure fair representation for all Californians and make sure your community's voice is heard.
Who selects the Commission?
- The Applicant Review Panel (panel) reviews qualified application materials to identify and interview 120 of the most qualified applicants—40 from each of the three subpools (Democrat, Republican & Neither Democrat or Republican)
- All panel actions, including applicant interviews, occur during public meetings, which will be live-streamed and accessible to the public.
- The panel will identify 60 of the most qualified applicants—20 from each subpool—and submit the list of 60 names to the four legislative leaders.
- The four Legislative leaders can each remove up to two applicants from each of the three subpools. Thus, up to eight names can be removed from each subpool.
- The remaining names are returned to the California State Auditor, who randomly selects the first eight commissioners.
- Those eight commissioners select the remaining six to establish the 14-member 2020 Citizens Redistricting Commission.
Need Reasonable Accommodations?
If you need a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the Commission application and selection process, please contact us, toll free, at 1-833-421-7550, or send an email specifying the accommodation you are requesting to firstname.lastname@example.org, or send a letter specifying the accommodation you are requesting to the address below.
Mail:Shape California's Future
California State Auditor
621 Capitol Mall, Suite 1200
Sacramento, CA 95814