Court rejects GOP request to stay state Senate maps

The California Supreme Court let stand the use of newly drawn Senate district maps in 2012 crafted by the independent redistricting commission even though voters may have the chance to reject them in November.

After reviewing the pros and cons, the justices concluded in a ruling released a few minutes ago that the redistricting commission’s “certified map is clearly the most appropriate map to be used in the 2012 state Senate elections even if the proposed referendum qualifies for the ballot.”

Read the full ruling here.

The California Republican Party had asked the courts to intervene, arguing that redistricting legislation required a stay if a ballot measure challenging the boundaries was likely to qualify for the ballot. The Republicans’ referendum is in the hands of election clerks, who are verifying signatures. But the outcome won’t be known until Feb. 24, well after the candidate filing period opens Feb. 13.


Lisa Vorderbrueggen

  • Lars54

    Republicans need to register more voters if they want to win elections instead of trying to change district voting lines. Spiking registration rolls means maybe becoming more moderate as a party, right wing has taken over Cal Republican party. California, in fact was a Republican state for many, many years, but GOP has become niche party only. Tent to small in modern era.

  • John W

    They don’t even need to register more voters. They just need to offer more moderate candidates with cross-over appeal. There are many registered Dems and independents who often find themselves voting for a Democrat who is more liberal than they want, because the only alternative is a right-wing Republican. The new open primary system has the potential to elect more moderates from both parties, but we’ll see if that actually happens.

  • For Liberty

    The new open primary system will not apply to the presidential elections. In the Presidential Primary election, voters will only be allowed to vote for those presidential candidates within the parties that they are registered in.

    Speaking of the upcoming presidential primary election, I would argue that Romney and Gingrich would be described as “right-wing” Republicans.

  • John W

    Re @3 For Liberty

    The “R” words I would use for Mitt and Gingrich would be Robot and Ricochet, respectively.

  • Steve Weir

    Under state rules, the respective parties had until January 23, 2012 to inform the SOS that they would allow nonpartisan voting in their Presidential Primary (Elec. Code 13102 (c)).

    The American Independent Party and the Democratic Party have indicated that they will allow nonpartisan voters to choose their party ballot in the Presidential Primary. (This is the same as in 2008.)

    What’s different this year is that for all other partisan offices (except Central Committees – don’t ask), everyone will receive the same ballot with all candidates listed from every party.