Press Release - League of Women Voters Commends the Citizens Redistricting Commission for upholding the Voters Trust

Press Release - League of Women Voters Commends the Citizens Redistricting Commission for upholding the Voters Trust

Type: 
Public Statement
Date of Release or Mention: 
Monday, August 15, 2011

As the Citizens Redistricting Commission formally adopts its final

redistricting maps today, the League of Women Voters of California congratulates

both the commissioners and the state of California on a job well done. “The

voters put their trust in a new redistricting process when they passed

Proposition 11 in November 2008, and the commission has more than fulfilled that

trust,” stated LWVC President Jennifer A. Waggoner. “This citizen-driven process

will be a model for the entire nation.” View her video statement http://www.youtube.com/user/lwvcef.

"District lines are no longer drawn by legislators behind closed doors, where

politicians choose their voters and feel free to ignore the needs of

communities" added Waggoner. Instead, this diverse, independent commission

followed fair, prioritized criteria that emphasized the interests of the people

who are served by their elected officials. Giving priority to equal population

and the federal Voting Rights Act, commissioners took on the difficult task of

balancing multiple, and sometimes competing, interests as they considered the

needs of cities, counties, and communities across the state.

From the very beginning, with the work of the State Auditor’s office in

selecting the commission, through these last months when the commission and

staff have worked almost around the clock to complete the mapping, this has been

a process unequalled for its transparency and public accessibility.

“Californians by the thousands have watched the commission in action and

submitted their ideas. In turn, commission members took care to consider input

from everyone—from individuals to organizations representing thousands of

people,” Waggoner noted.

Through the entire process, the commission treated each other and the public

with mutual respect and civility, setting a tone of reasoned discourse and

deliberation, even as disparate views were expressed. “The League celebrates

this magnificent example of open, transparent government. Strong participation

by the public helped lead to the success of this process,” continued

Waggoner.

“All Californians should take this opportunity to learn about the new

districts we will be using for the 2012 elections,” Waggoner said. View her

video statement http://www.youtube.com/user/lwvcef.

For additional information visit http://www.cavotes.org.

The League of Women Voters of California is a nonpartisan political

organization for women and men that encourages informed and active participation

in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues,

and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

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League of Women Voters Commends the Citizens Redistricting Commission for upholding the Voters Trust

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