November 2010 Election, California, Proposition 27
Vote Recommendation: No
The main thing I noted about 27 was that in the official analysis, it was noted that certain requirements for valid districts would be removed that seemed like rather solid requirements. These were:
- Not favoring or discriminating against political parties, incumbents, or political candidates.
- Developing geographically compact districts.
- Placing two Assembly districts together within one Senate district and placing ten Senate districts together within one BOE district.
In fact, removing these requirements seemed likely to promote gerrymandering. I have a hard time imagining why else someone would want to get rid of these requirements. The purpose of proposition 27, then appears to be to promote gerrymandering. (Put the process in the hands of the politicians and loosen up the restrictions.) The arguments in favor, which appealed mostly to fear and bigotry, did nothing to convince me that I misunderstood the situation.
Eliminates State Commission on Redistricting. Consolidates Authority for Redistricting with Elected Representatives.
- Official Summary and Analysis
- [http://www.voterguide.sos.ca.gov/pdf/english/27-arg-rebuttals.pdf Official Arguments and Rebuttals