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|March 22, 2018|
Redistricting plan said to be more competitive
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) - Voting districts drawn by California’s independent Citizen Redistricting Commission (CRC) are fair to each major party and have made elections more competitive, according to a new report released by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC).
Overall, the report finds that the CRC plans led to greater competitiveness than plans drawn by the state legislature in 2001—which were among the least competitive in the nation.
Findings also suggest that Democrats have had a slight edge under the CRC plan, but without the size or durability typical of a gerrymander.
While the CRC plans are an improvement, the report suggests ways to avoid potential problems in the future with the use of additional metrics and automated tools to improve mapping.
Story Date: March 18, 2018