Voters push to take local redistricting from politicians
California’s independent redistricting commission has received generally good reviews for its new maps that voters are using to elect legislators and members of Congress in November.
Voters who say they are disenfranchised want similar panels to draw their local districts — and they’ve gone to the Legislature to make that happen.
On Sept. 18, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced he has signed three bills to overrule local officials and require independent redistricting commissions in Fresno, Kern and Riverside counties, respectively. These panels will work on districts for the boards of supervisors in those...