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Congressional redistricting proposition qualifies for California's Nov ballot

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May 6, 2010


SACRAMENTO, California: The VOTERS FIRST Act for Congress has qualified for the November 2, 2010 ballot in California.[1] Supporters of the proposition submitted 1,180,623 signatures to election officials, versus a requirement of 694,354 signatures.

The VOTERS FIRST initiative, if approved by voters, will:

  • Add the task of re-drawing congressional district boundaries to the commission created by Proposition 11.
  • Define a "community of interest" as "a contiguous population which shares common social and economic interests that should be included within a single district for purposes of its effective and fair representation. Examples of such shared interests are those common to an urban area, an industrial area, or an agricultural area, and those common to areas in which the people share similar living standards, use the same transportation facilities, have similar work opportunities, or have access to the same media of communication relevant to the election process."

Ballot language was filed by Charles Munger. He was a supporter of Proposition 11 in 2008, which created a new way for political districts to be drawn for California's state legislators and its state Board of Equalization.

At the same time that Munger's initiative seeks to expand Proposition 11, a competing initiative that may also qualify for the November 2 ballot, the Financial Accountability in Redistricting Act, seeks to repeal Proposition 11.

The congressional redistricting initiative is the third ballot proposition to qualify for California's November ballot, and the 8th to qualify on the year (5 others are on the June 8, 2010 ballot).

The petition drive management company hired to collect the signatures was National Petition Management. NPM was paid $1,937,380 (through May 6) for their signature-gathering services.[2]

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