Shape California’s Future – 2020 Citizens Redistricting Commission

This is a chance to become a part of creating transparent district boundaries that serve the best interests of all Californians and of the community.

Patrice Marshall McKenzie, President of Pasadena Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

Patrice Marshall McKenzie, President of Pasadena Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

Apply Now for the 2020 Citizens Redistricting Commission African American Community Leaders Urge Eligible Citizens to Apply by August 9

In mid-June, California business leaders, government advocates, party representatives, and community leaders came together to join the California State Auditor’s Office at community events throughout the state. The occasion? We announced that the application period for Californians to apply to become a commissioner on the 2020 Citizens Redistricting Commission (Commission) had just begun. I am pleased to report that this opportunity, which only comes every ten years, is being met with enthusiasm, and a call for Black and African American citizens to get involved.

What is this Commission? Every ten years, after the federal census, California must re-establish the boundaries of its Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly, and State Board of Equalization districts to reflect the State’s new population data and shifting populations. The Voters FIRST Act, passed in 2008, gave this power to California citizens through a 14-member independent commission to ensure that new and fair political boundaries would be drawn without special interests, politics, and political influence. The process for selecting the new commissioners has begun.

California citizens of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply to ensure balanced and fair representation. At the end of the first week of the initial application period, which began on June 10, we received over a thousand applications—about six percent of those applicants identified themselves as Black or African American. We want to see the numbers grow!

This is a chance to become a part of creating transparent district boundaries that serve the best interests of all Californians and of the community. These district lines will determine where our representatives come from and will remain in effect for the next ten years. Any eligible citizen with a passion for civic engagement should apply to become one of 14 new commissioners.

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