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Every ten years, after the federal census, California must re-establish the boundaries of its Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly, and State Board of Equalization districts to reflect new population data and shifting populations. The Voters FIRST Act gave this power to California citizens ensuring that new and fair political boundaries are drawn without special interests, politics and political influence.
The first eight members of the 2020 Citizens Redistricting Commission were randomly selected on July 2, 2020 from a list of remaining applicants delivered by the Legislature on June 26, 2020 (Agenda). These first eight members will choose the final six members.
Applicant Next Steps
Thank you to all those who submitted an application to become one of the 14 members on the 2020 Citizens Redistricting Commission. The Applicant Review Panel (Panel) made decisions about applicants during various public meetings and identified 120 applicants to interview. The Panel conducted interviews in a public meeting between March 2, 2020 and April 23, 2020. The Panel's final meeting began May 6, 2020 and ended on May 7, 2020, when it selected 60 of the most qualified applicants (20 Democrats, 20 Republicans, and 20 who are not affiliated with either of those two parties) to be presented to the Legislature. To see demographic information about the remaining applicants and all information about previous public meetings, visit the Panel's page.
Consistent with the Governor's Executive Orders due to the unprecedented situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the meeting room was not opened to the public. However, the Panel meetings were conducted remotely and all Panel meetings were livestreamed and publicly accessible via our website.
We are still accepting public comments for applicants. If you know someone who remains in the applicant pool and want to let us know about their qualifications, send us a comment.
On June 26, 2020, the Legislature provided a list of remaining applicants. On July 2, 2020, the California State Auditor randomly drew the names of the first eight commissioners.
If you did not advance to the next phase of the process, we encourage you to stay connected and involved as the commission is formed and then throughout the entire State's redistricting process. Additionally, there are a number of local jurisdictions that are setting up local redistricting commissions in 2020/21. Thus, there may be opportunities for individuals to participate in redistricting efforts at the city or county level. Here is a list of cities and counties that are or will be establishing a local citizens redistricting commission. Contact your city council or county board of supervisors to get more information.
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