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Panel Approves New California Political Maps

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New redistricting map for California. (credit: wedrawthelines.ca.gov)

New redistricting map for California. (credit: wedrawthelines.ca.gov)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The citizens commission established by voters to create an independent process for drawing California’s legislative and congressional districts has delivered on its first set of maps, voting to adopt new boundaries that appear to increase the reach of majority Democrats.

The 14-member California Citizens Redistricting Commission voted Friday on final draft versions of district maps for Congress, the state Legislature and the state Board of Equalization, which administers sales and use taxes.

The California Republican Party has said the commission’s decisions were not transparent enough and will consider a lawsuit or a ballot referendum.

At least nine commissioners had to support the new boundaries, including at least three each from Democrats, Republicans and independents. Final certification is due by Aug. 15, allowing time for technical fixes.

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