AJR 11
Background and procedural information
Assembly Joint Resolution 11 would have sent a resolution to the United States Congress urging them to complete a census every five years, or alternatively to provide other accurate population information to fast-growing states. This resolution failed.

Under the proposed legislation, are single-member districts a requirement or otherwise implied?

Does the proposed legislation provide for Voting Rights Act compliance (e.g. can the commission use voter history information)?

Under the proposed legislation, how is the commission formed?

Under the proposed legislation, are competitive districts favored?

Under the proposed legislation, can members of the public submit plans?

Does the proposed legislation allow for mid-decade redistricting?
The resolution urges that the census be completed every five years so that redistricting could be done twice per decade. Nevada wishes to redistrict more frequently because the state’s population is growing quickly and unevenly. According to the resolution, the population deviation for some districts is up to 356%.

*Note: A proposal may be neutral on whether or not to favor competitive districts for a number of reasons, including that such a requirement may be thought to conflict with other criteria, potentially create other legal issues, or is assumed to flow from the new process itself -- or it might merely not be a priority for the legislative sponsors. FairVote believes that some form of proportional voting is needed to ensure maximum competitiveness for each seat and to ensure meaningful choices for all voters.  
November 19th 2005
Redistricting reform: How best to tackle ultra-safe districts
Sacramento Bee

FairVote's Rob Richie argues in commentary running in several newspapers that redistricting reformers must challenge winner-take-all elections.

November 16th 2005
In Canada, regular folks are put to work on reforms
San Jose Mercury News

Steven Hill prescribes a citizens assembly as a solution for achieving consensus on redistricting reform in California.

November 15th 2005
Citizens Must Drive Electoral Reform
Roll Call

Heather Gerken of Harvard Law suggests a citizens assembly as one means to achieve redistricting reform and buy-in from voters.

November 13th 2005
Arnold had the right idea about redistricting
The Herald News

The Herald News cites Fairvote with commentary about the dangers of Gerrmandering and redistricting obstacles.

November 13th 2005
ARNOLD AGONIZES: How the election changed the governor -- and California
San Francisco Chronicle

Article discussing the recent failure of redistricting reform in California and the potential solution in letting the citizens decide through a Citizens Assembly on Election Reform.

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