Redistricting panel deadline extended

The deadline to apply for a position on the new state panel that will draw political boundaries has been extended to Feb. 16 at 5 p.m.

State Auditor Elaine Howle said this morning the surge of applications in the past week, spurred by a statewide media campaign, prompted the extension. More than 20,000 people have applied so far.

The auditor’s office will select 60 people — 20 Democrats, 20 Republicans and 20 nonpartisan voters — from which the 14 members of the Citizens Redistricting Commission will be selected. The panel will craft new voting boundaries for the Board of Equalization, state Senate and Assembly after the 2010 Census.

For applications and more details about the process, visit http://www.wedrawthelines.ca.gov/

Lisa Vorderbrueggen