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State mappers in a time crunch

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Monday, July 11th, 2011 at 10:25 am in redistricting.

The brand new California Citizens Redistricting Commission over the weekend cancelled its second scheduled draft map release set for Thursday. Instead, it will focus on finishing up final maps by July 28 in advance of its Aug. 15 constitutional deadline to adopt them.

Veteran redistricting expert Tony Quinn, an ardent advocate of citizen redistricting but a frequent critic of the way the commission has done its work, views the move as evidence of internal chaos, partisanship and inevitable court takeover. Click here to read Quinn’s Fox and Hounds column.

Whether or not the situation is as dire as Quinn predicts remains an open question. Voters created the commission in 2008 and 2010, and this is its debut performance.

But we’ll find out soon enough.

Read on for the commission’s press release on the cancellation.

Citizens Redistricting Commission

Will Not Release Second Draft Maps in Order to Gather More Public Input Throughout Line Drawing Process and Produce Best Final Maps Possible

The California Citizens Redistricting Commission decided at their meeting (July 9) that in order to produce the best district maps possible, it will amend its schedule and not release a second round of draft maps. The Commission will be posting visualizations of proposed districts, and make equivalency files available for organizations and news outlets to provide greater detail to the public on the visualization proposals. The visualizations are proposed options for districts and are considered and discussed by the Commission at their meetings instructing the line drawers.

The final district maps are slated to be released July 28th and adopted by the Commission on August 15th.

The Commissioners are soliciting public comment on these visualizations and will be receiving, reading and considering those comments throughout their meetings directing the line drawers for the final maps.

The Commission will release more details early next week on how the public can easily obtain information, submit comment on the visualization proposals and follow each step of the process for drawing the lines.

The Commission will meet again with its technical line drawers on Wednesday, July 13th. The meeting will be streamed live at www.wedrawthelines.ca.gov.

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