With early results in, it looks like an embarrassing, costly, if not downright silly, re-do of California's 40 state Senate voting districts will not be required just a year after the California Citizens Redistricting Commission did a solid job of redrawing them.
It all depends on how confused voters were by the time they got alll the way down to Proposition 40 on their long California ballot, only to be asked if they liked? -- or did not like? -- the state Senate district boundaries created by the citizen commission in August of 2011. Early returns show 72.7% Yes, 27.3% No.
Let's let Ballotpedia explain this mess of a measure:
Note: A "yes" vote on this veto referendum is a vote to maintain intact the work of the California Citizens Redistricting Commission, while a "no" vote is a vote to overturn the commission's lines. The sponsors who put this on the ballot are thus its opponents, or were until they withdrew their opposition.
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Here it is in a nutshell: A bunch of people spent $2.2 million -- and bothered people in front of grocery stores to sign their petitions -- because they so hated the "biased" boundaries drawn of California's 40 state senate seats by the Citizens Redistricting Commission.
Led by the California Republican Party, the No on 40 backers (yes, who wrote Proposition 40) argued that certain GOP politicians had been screwed by the citizen commission.
But then the GOP leaders changed their minds and decided they had not been screwed -- they still have a chance to win some seats they thought had been unfairly drawn for Democrats.
But it was too late to yank this measure from the ballot. On top of which, you had to vote Yes if you disagreed with its backers. Who didn't back it anymore.