The California Republican Party announced it will file a petition Tuesday and seek a voter referendum of the new state senate maps, and perhaps the congressional maps, adopted this morning by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission.
Here is what GOP Chairman Tom Del Beccaro said in a statement put out a few minutes ago:
“A referendum will be filed with respect to the Senate lines and possibly the Congressional lines. The California Republican Party will wholeheartedly support those efforts when they come about. I have been saying for months that the CRC’s actions have been unfair if not unconstitutional, and that remains the case. The CRP will do whatever it can to give voters the chance to correct what the Commission failed to do.”
The GOP must collect more than a half-million valid signatures within 90 days in order to qualify a measure for the June 2012 ballot. It won’t be cheap.
Beccaro, of Lafayette, has been critical of the redistricting commission for months including its choice of a map-making consultant, political ties of one of its Democratic commissioners and timing of the release of pending documents.