California Supreme Court rejects challenges to political districts
The California Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously rejected two legal challenges to state Senate and congressional districts drawn by a citizens commission.
The new districts were drawn after voters approved initiatives to transfer authority for drawing the political boundaries from the Legislature to the commission. The transfer is intended to take politics out of the redistricting process and possibly produce candidates with more centrist views.
But Republican leaders balked at the district boundaries certified by the commission in August and filed suit. They asked the state's high court to nullify the districts and draw new ones.
Some minority groups, particularly Latinos, also have complained that the new districts would dilute their clout in the voting booth.
Opponents of the commission's work have been circulating petitions for a new ballot measure to repeal its districts.
-- Maura Dolan in San Francisco