Read why we strongly supported Prop 11. See the Governor's press release about the win and read the speakersí remarks at the December 17 celebration, including those of LWVC President Janis R. Hirohama.
This reform will enable voters to choose their legislators and eliminate the conflict of interest that occurs when legislators draw the lines and choose their constituents. Read about this initiative:
- one-page summary
- important background points
- full text
- two-page overview
- report: Redistricting Reform in California from the Center for Governmental Studies (28 pgs)
- a flyer (front and back ) which gives the reasons we strongly support this measure.
- a letter to the editor for local newspapers.
- an article about Proposition 11 in for newsletters.
Timeline and Materials
May 6, 2008 - We turned in 1.2 million signatures to county elections offices to qualify the initiaitve for the November 2008 ballot. Read the press release.
February 26, 2008 - Former state controller Steve Westly joined Governor Schwarzenegger as cochair of the campaign, heading a growing bipartisan list of endorsers. Read the press release.
From left: California Governor Schwarzenegger, Janis Hirohama, LWVC President, and Kathay Feng, Executive Director of California Common Cause at the press conference on December 3 in Sacramento.
Also on this page:
- Movement toward Reform (2007)
- A Poll of California Voters
- Elements of Redistricting Reform
- History of LWVC Redistricting Advocacy
- Valuable Reports and Background Information
Movement Toward Reform (2007)
September 7 - The League and coalition partners continue to meet with legislators to press for placing a redistricting reform measure on the February 2008 ballot. Read our press release.
|August 23 - In Los Angeles, the LWVC and California Common Cause hosted a press conference with Governor Schwarzenegger and former Governors Davis and Wilson to push for passage of a redistricting reform measure this legislative session.||
From left: Janis Hirohama, LWVC President, Gov. Schwarzenegger, Voices of Reform Coalition Co-Chair Fred Keeley, LA County AARP Asst. State Director David Figueroa, and Voices of Reform Coalition Co-Chair Dan Schnur
Learn about the process of redistricting by playing The Redistricting Game.
April 24 -- The LWVC and its partners are pleased that several comprehensive bills have been introduced rcently. We urge legislators to move forward with hearings to devleop a reform proposal and place it on the ballot. Read the press release we issued.
The comprehensive proposals introduced in the legislature are ACA 1 (Price and Nuñez), SCA 9 (Ashburn) and SCA 10 (Lowenthal). Another bill, ACA 4 (Villines), contains provisions concerning the standards for drawing lines.
Read and print a simple fact sheet about redistricting reform.
For links to news articles, opinion pieces, and more information about redistricting reform in Caliofrnia, visit the Commonwealth Club of California's Voices of Reform Project.
A Poll of California Voters
An April 2006 survey about Californians' attitudes toward redistricting reform shows strong support for an independent redistricting commission. View a PowerPoint summary of the survey results. (1.3Mb)
Elements of Redistricting Reform
The basic elements of redistricting reform are
- an independent redistricting commission that reflects the diversity of our state,
- an open process for public input and scrutiny, and
- sound criteria for the drawing of plans.
Sign up to be on the League's redistricting activists e-list at email@example.com.
History of LWVC Redistricting Advocacy
We have been active since 2005 in our efforts to change the redistricting system. Read a history of our advocacy efforts in 2005 and 2006.
Valuable Reports and Background Information
Shape of Representative Democracy (PDF
file), a November 2005 report by The Campaign
Legal Center and The Council for Excellence in
Government that outlines a set of consensus principles
for reforming congressional and legislative redistricting.
The principles were endorsed by the League of
Women Voters as well as other reform organizations
and individuals as one way of moving ahead to
achieve real redistricting reform.
The League endorsed a 2005 report, Drawing
Lines: A Public Interest Guide to Real Redistricting
by the nonpartisan organizations Demos and
for Governmental Studies. Read the press
release about the report. The report recommends features
of Independent Redistricting Commissions and analyzes
current California proposals. See also Re-Drawing
update analyzing 2006 proposals.
Redistricting in the 1990s: The Process and the
Public Interest" (PDF - 280k). The summary of the League's 1988
study of redistricting containing information
highly relevant in 2005.
- Our position on Redistricting. Adopted by the League of Women Voters of California in 1988 and the basis of our action.