With California losing its seat in Congress, a new map could play an important role in who controls Congress


LOS ANGELES (KABC) – With a shrinking population and demographic changes, the California Independent Constituency Commission has had the difficult task of translating the information obtained from the 2020 census and redrawing the state’s maps.

That includes the California congressional map, which lost one seat – now at 52 congressional seats instead of 53.

“When it comes to Congress, every congressional district must have an equal population. They must comply with federal voting rights law. That means making sure you don’t dilute racial power, voting power. Racial. People on both sides aren’t particularly thrilled, “said Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School.” There are a lot of different interest groups that aren’t particularly thrilled and that’s frankly how it works. must.”

“The maps we have created and improved are far from perfect, but they represent the desire of the Californian people to transform the process of redistributing from a process that took place behind closed doors into a public and fully transparent one,” he said. said Isra Ahmad. , chairman of the California Citizens Redistricting Commission.

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“We all wanted fair and just cards, and these cards shouldn’t be and aren’t a partisan issue. Fair and fair cards are essential for free and fair elections, and free and fair elections are at the heart of American democracy, ”said Russell. Yee, the vice president of the California Citizens Redistricting Commission.

The commission is made up of citizens, not elected representatives with five Democrats, five Republicans, and four members with no party preference. On Monday, the commission signed its final report and delivered the new maps to the secretary of state’s office.

So does the new Congress card favor a political party? Levinson says yes.

“It’s a pretty good card for Democrats,” Levinson said. “Does that mean that it was deliberately drawn to try and ensure Democrats would gain power? Does it mean that it is drawn in such a way that there are fewer outgoing Democrats who are going to face challenges, which are going to be vulnerable, which have been drawn into the same neighborhoods so there are Republicans in this situation. “

The new congressional map for California will be in effect for the primary elections on June 7, 2022.

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