Redistricting California: An Evaluation of the Citizens Commission Final Plans

Vladimir Kogan, Eric McGhee
2012 California Journal of Politics and Policy  
For the first time in California history, a carefully vetted commission of citizens has overseen the delicate task of redrawing the state's political boundaries. By analyzing the maps produced by the commission and comparing these plans to the redistricting overseen by the legislature a decade earlier, we show that the new process has produced important improvements in terms of both the criteria voters said they cared about and the representational implications of interest to academics and
more » ... academics and political observers. In many respects, however, the magnitude of these gains has fallen short of what many political reformers may have hoped for. Perhaps the most important lesson from the 2011 round of redistricting is that a fair process, no matter how nonpartisan and participatory, cannot avoid the reality that any redistricting scheme produces both political winners and losers.
doi:10.5070/p23k5q fatcat:lzxtgajqhvhidpeotxwmeommhi