Redistricting

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:

Campaign Materials

For information about the campaign, contact us or visit the campaign Web site.

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. PDF File.  Click to download Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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. PDF File.  Click to download Adobe Acrobat Reader.

December 3, 2007 - Governor Schwarzenegger and the League of Women Voters of California endorsed the California Voters FIRST Act. Read the press release, President Hirohama's statement.

LWVC President Hirohama speaks at press conference with Governor Schwarzenegger
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.

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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. PDF File.  Click to download Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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. Governor Schwarzenegger and supporters of redistricting reform
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.

Two initiative proposals have been cleared for circulation of petitions for signatures: See this entry in the Secretary of State's 2007 Initiative Update.

Read and print a simple fact sheet PDF File.  Click to download Adobe Acrobat Reader. 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)

The League commissioned the poll along with California Common Cause and the Rose Institute of State and Local Government. Partial funding was received from the James Irvine Foundation.

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 redistricting@lwvc.org.

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