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Title:
Become a Paid Redistricting Commissioner
When:
Jan.27.2010 - Feb.12.2010 
Category:
General

Description

The United States government is based on one person-one vote and every vote is given the same weight. This forms the basis for equal representation. To achieve equal representation every elected official should represent the same number of people.  Every ten years, the population in the United States is counted. This count is called the U.S. Census and the numbers from the Census are used to determine the number of people that should be represented by each elected official.

This process of making sure that every elected district has the same number of people is called redistricting. In prior years, the State Legislature was responsible for redistricting for the State Assembly, the State Senate and the State Board of Equalization.

However, with passage of Proposition 11 in 2008, the voters gave the redistricting responsibility to a 14-member Citizens Redistricting Commission.

The Citizens Redistricting Commission is new and has yet to be formed. The California State Auditor is responsible for establishing a process to select the 14 members.

Applications are available through February 12, 2010 and the Commissioners are paid $300 per day.

If you meet the following criteria, you are qualified to apply for Redistricting Commissioner:

1. A registered voter in California with the same political party since November 20, 2005.
2. Voted in at least two of the following elections: November 2004; November 2006; November 2008
3. Neither you nor any member of your immediately family is under contract or employed by the California Governor, the California Legislature or the State Board of Equalization.
4. No immediate family relationship with the California Governor, a member the California Legislature, or a member of the State Board of Equalization.
5. If neither you nor any member of your immediate family has done any of the following in the last ten years: Been appointed, elected, or a candidate for a California Congressional or State office. Served as an officer, employee, or paid consultant of a California political or of a campaign election committee for congress or state office. Served on a political party central committee in California. Registered as a Federal, State or local lobbyist. Served as a paid Congressional, Legislative or State Board of Equalization staff. Contributed $2,000 or more to any one candidate for Congress, State or local office in any one year.

It is a simple application. Apply on line. Click on the following link or copy it and past into the URL window: www.wedrawthelines.ca.gov.

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