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Sorry to disturb your little alternative reality, but California passed a state initiative and created the California Citizens Redistricting Commission to draw up Congressional districts in the most equitable means possible. The commission is made up of three Democrats, three Republicans and three Independents — in spite of the fact our state is almost 65% liberal.

The map drawing process is based on the following guidelines:

  1. Population Equality: Districts must comply with the U.S. Constitution’s requirement of “one person, one vote”
  2. Federal Voting Rights Act: Districts must ensure an equal opportunity for minorities to elect a candidate of their choice
  3. Geographic Contiguity: All areas within a district must be connected to each other, except for the special case of islands
  4. Geographic Integrity: Districts shall minimize the division of cities, counties, local neighborhoods and communities of interests to the extent possible, without violating previous criteria. A community of interest is a contiguous population which shares common social and economic interests that should be included within a single district for purposes of its effective and fair representation.
  5. Geographic Compactness: To the extent practicable, and where this does not conflict with previous criteria, districts must not bypass nearby communities for more distant communities
  6. Nesting: To the extent practicable, and where this does not conflict with previous criteria, each Senate district will be composed of two whole Assembly districts, Board of Equalization districts will be composed of 10 Senate districts.

The result is that California’s Congressional representation is a much closer match to the voters’ preferences. It’s not perfect, but it’s the result of giving Republicans an equal voice on the commission.

Democracy — try it some time. It will be good for your soul.

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