Californians strip legislators of right to redraw districts

Sacramento BeeNovember 6, 2008 

Californians have stripped lawmakers of authority to draw their own political districts and also gave Democrats slightly more clout in the Legislature – unless absentee ballots reverse Wednesday's results.

Proposition 11, the redistricting initiative, was ahead by nearly 99,000 votes – a margin of about one percentage point, with all precincts counted.

The measure would create a 14-member citizens commission to draw legislative and Board of Equalization districts. Lawmakers would continue to decide congressional seats.

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