Californians for Equal Representation
The CER committee was assembled in July 2007. Thomas W. Hiltachk, a Sacramento based election lawyer, and former counsel to Governor Arnold Schwartzeneggger, filed a ballot initiative entitled the "Presidential Election Reform Act," also known as Initiative No. 07-0032. If passed, PERA would have changed the way California's 55 electoral votes are awarded to contending presidential candidates. Currently, all 55 votes are appropriated to the top vote-getter, on a state-wide basis. This initiative would instead award each vote district-by-district. Because California has 53 congressional districts, the remaining two votes would be bequeathed to the candidate receiving the majority of the popular (state) vote.
CER volunteers must collect 434,000 signatures by November 13, 2007, in order for the initiative to make the California primary ballot on June 3, 2008. If this deadline is not met, the group has until February 5, 2008 in order to have accrued the mandatory signatures. Assuming a February deadline is reached, the initiative will be placed on the general election ballot for November, 2008.