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These are both redistricting propositions.

In 2008, Proposition 11 created the Citizens Redistricting Commission (CRC). The CRC would draw lines for the State Assemble, State Senate and the Board of Equalization. The CRC would consist of 14 registered voters – 5 Democrats, 5 Republicans, and 4 others. The 14 Commissioners would apply for the position and be chosen by a three-member applicant review panel according to specified rules.

The way congressional districts are drawn can favor certain candidates, marginalize specific demographics of people, or capitalize on ideologies or waves of public sentiment. Our representatives can oscillate based on what part of the electorate votes and what part of the electorate doesn’t know what district they are in.

The way the districts are drawn could give elected officials more or less reason to pursue government funding in several different categories. Depending on the demographics of a district, the elected official might go after more healthy food funding, pharmaceutical dollars, or grants to build medical facilities.

YES on 20 would give more power to the 14-member CRC by giving them the responsibility to draw the lines for California’s congressional districts in addition to the State Legislature.

YES on 27 would abolish the CRC and give the power of drawing all the lines (State Senate, State Assembly, Board of Equalization, and Congressional Districts) to the State Legislature, which is the combination of the State Senate and State Assembly.

The arguments are based around who should have power to draw lines. The elected officials who run for election in those districts, or concentrating the power in a 14 member Commission that is not directly accountable to the public.

If both pass, the one with more YES votes will go into effect.

Resources to Check Out Before Election:
Official California’s Secretary of State’s Voter Guide on Prop 20: http://voterguide.sos.ca.gov/propositions/20/
Official Yes on Prop 20: http://www.yesprop20.org/
Official No on Prop 20: http://www.noprop20.org/

Official California’s Secretary of State’s Voter Guide on Prop 27: http://voterguide.sos.ca.gov/propositions/27/
Official Yes on Prop 27: http://www.yesprop27.org/
Official No on Prop 27: http://www.noprop27.org/

Information on the Current related policies in California: http://www.wedrawthelines.ca.gov/

Photo Credit (and for more maps) visit: http://www.calvoter.org/voter/maps/index.html

NOTE: My goal is raise both side of the issues, but if you don’t think I did justice covering your side, please feel free to write a comment below sharing your point of view and let’s start the discussion.

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