The 2020 Citizens Redistricting Commission will only be made up of 14 members, but they have a big responsibility: They will redraw California’s Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly, and State Board of Equalization districts that are supposed to reflect new population data that will come out after the federal government publishes updated census information.
As of June 13, more than 1,000 applications had been submitted for a seat on the 2020 Citizens Redistricting Commission. Of those applicants, 803 were tentatively eligible to serve, according to state officials. The initial application is open to every registered voter who has been affiliated with the same political party or with no political party since July 1, 2015 and has voted in at least two of the last three statewide general elections.
Political affiliation is even more disparate: Seventy-four out of the 93 tentatively eligible applicants are democrats, while 12 stated no party preference. Just five republican applicants are tentatively eligible. The remaining few other applicants listed other party preferences.
According to the state, a large and diverse applicant pool is sought. The California State Auditor is tracking applicant demographic data on a daily basis by gender, ethnicity, political party, region and county. Updated Citizens Redistricting Commission application data is available to the public at https://applications.shapecaliforniasfuture.auditor.ca.gov/.
Interested in applying? Applicants must submit an application online at shapecaliforniasfuture.auditor.ca.gov during the initial 60-day application period that ends August 9, 2019.
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