Propositions 20 and 27 |

Propositions 20 and 27

Voters must consider Propositions 20 and 27 carefully. There is a connection which voters should understand. The League of Women Voters is opposing both of them recommending a No vote.

Proposition 27 would kill the major redistricting reform voters just approved in 2008. It would eliminate the independent Citizens Redistricting Commission and return the power to draw election districts to the politicians so they can once again draw districts that virtually guarantee their reelection.

Keep the power with voters and voter-approved independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. Vote No on Proposition 27 and ensure voters have a real choice in elections.

Proposition 20 which would include redistricting of Congressional districts by the above mentioned commission is well-intentioned but premature. California is in the midst of a major reform of our redistricting process. The League believes the commission should draw Congressional district lines in the future, but the new process should be fully implemented before the commission’s responsibilities are expanded so dramatically. Let’s give redistricting reform a chance to work the way the voters intended, before taking the next step of adding Congressional redistricting. Vote No on Propositions 20.

Finally if both of these propositions pass, the one with the most yes votes takes effect, the other would be eliminated.

Polly Bacich, Action Chair, League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County

Grass Valley

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