While voters approved the non-partisan Redistricting Commission in the last two elections, local elected officials still want their voices to be heard in the process. In Del Norte, one supervisor put the issue on the county’s agenda.

Just because the ultimate decisions will be left up to the 14-member panel doesn’t mean that local governments and concerned stakeholders shouldn’t have a say in how future districts will look. By working to ensure that communities with similar geographic structures, economic interests and contiguous borders are included in the same districts, either Congressional or State, it will allow better representation in those bodies.

For Del Norte, which was moved from the Fourth to the Second Senate District in 2000, a return to previous districts is their ultimate goal.

From The Triplicate:

An effort is under way to draw new boundaries for jurisdictions like state Senate districts, and the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors expressed a desire Tuesday to weigh in on the issue.

The California Citizens Redistricting Commission, composed of 14 members, is in charge of redrawing the state’s Congressional, Senate, Assembly and Board of Equalization districts per the latest 2010 Census results.

California voters authorized the creation of the commission when the Voters First Act passed, which appeared as Proposition 11 on the November 2008 general election ballot.

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