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The San Diego Democracy for America Meetup Group Message Board › Redistricting- don't let the politicos frame the game

Redistricting- don't let the politicos frame the game

A former member
Post #: 253
Last night I told John Falchi that I could determine the number of 'representatives' from the Califonia Consitution in 5 minutes; it actually took me 3.

The results are this:
CALIFORNIA CONSTITUTION
ARTICLE 4 LEGISLATIVE
SEC. 2. (a) The Senate has a membership of 40 Senators elected for 4-year terms, 20 to begin every 2 years. No Senator may serve more than 2 terms.
The Assembly has a membership of 80 members elected for 2-year terms. No member of the Assembly may serve more than 3 terms.
Their terms shall commence on the first Monday in December next following their election.
(b) Election of members of the Assembly shall be on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of even-numbered years unless otherwise prescribed by the Legislature. Senators shall be elected at the same time and places as members of the Assembly.
(c) A person is ineligible to be a member of the Legislature unless the person is an elector and has been a resident of the legislative district for one year, and a citizen of the United States and a resident of California for 3 years, immediately preceding the
election.
(d) When a vacancy occurs in the Legislature the Governor immediately shall call an election to fill the vacancy.
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CALIFORNIA CONSTITUTION
ARTICLE 4 LEGISLATIVE
SEC. 6. For the purpose of choosing members of the Legislature, the State shall be divided into 40 Senatorial and 80 Assembly districts to be called Senatorial and Assembly Districts. Each Senatorial
district shall choose one Senator and each Assembly district shall choose one member of the Assembly.
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From the California Voter Foundation:
Comparing 2000 Census data with 2000 presidential exit poll data collected by the Los Angeles Times provides examples of the disparities between California’s public and California’s electorate:
*Whites comprise 50 percent of California’s population, but 73 percent of California’s electorate;
*Californians age 45 and older comprise only 34 percent of the state’s population, but 52 percent of the electorate; and
*Californians who earn $75,000 or more per year comprise 22 percent of the state’s population, but 37 percent of the electorate.

And people wonder why the legislature does what it does and why there is inequality and lack of justice for those of color or poor

The Secretary of States office indicates that NOW there are 21,588,461 eligible voters in California; this means that every Assembly person is representing 269,856 persons. I'm sure they can represent all of them well. NOT !angry
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