ACA 4
Background and Procedural Information

Assemblymembers Mike Villines and Anthony Adams introduced California Assembly Constitutional Amendment 4.  As of June 4, 2008 the proposed amendment is currently stalled in the Assembly.   

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

Single-member districts are a requirement for the California Assembly, Senate, Board of Equalization, and Congress.   

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

The proposed commission would only use voter history information only for purposes of complying with the Voting Rights Act.

Under the proposed legislation, how is the commission formed?

The Commission would consist of eleven members.  Four members each would be registered with the largest and second largest political party while three would not be registered with either of those parties.  The Secretary of State would select the eleven acting and alternate commissioners by randomly selecting applicants from a combined active voter list compiled by the election officials from each county in California.  The Secretary of State would ask each potential Commissioner if they would like to serve as commissioner until the twenty-two active and alternate spots were filled.  After the Commission has created its final plan the voters of California must pass it in the same manner as they would a referendum.
 
Under the proposed legislation, are competitive districts favored?

Priorities of the Commission are ranked in level of importance from one to eight.  The eighth priority is for competitive districts.  

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

Yes.  Members of the public may offer a complete or partial proposed redistricting plan, written comments, or oral testimony.

Does the proposed legislation allow for mid-decade redistricting?

It does not strictly forbid mid-decade redistricting, although there are no provisions for Commission action after it submits the final redistricting plan.  
 
November 10th 2005
Why Redistricting and Campaign Reform Are Both Still Relevant
TPM Cafe

This political column cites FairVote as it points to the value of getting rid of winner-take-all elections to as the next step in redistricting reform.

November 2nd 2005
Gerrymander may help GOP in '06
The Napa Valley Registrer

An article that cites FairVote on why Gerrymandering harms elections and has an impact on skewed results.

November 2nd 2005
California, Ohio to vote on redistricting changes
Washington Post

FairVote's Rob Richie gets the last word on lack of voter choice in our elections, as this wire article reports on redistricting reform efforts in California and Ohio.

November 2nd 2005
How Money Buys Power in American Politics

Francis X. Clines, an editorial board member for the New York Times, writes on national politics, gerrymandering and the resultant decreased competitiveness in Congressional elections. Fairvote is cited.

October 27th 2005
To Tame Polarization Of Politics, Fix Our Redistricting System
Roll Call

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