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Foes of new state Senate maps reach milestone in referendum drive

September 26, 2011 |  6:24 pm

Fairness and Accountability in Redistricting (FAIR), a Republican-backed group trying to overturn new state Senate district maps, has announced it has collected more than 200,000 signatures in its campaign to put the maps before voters.

FAIR has until Nov. 13 to get the 504,760 voter signatures required for a referendum on the maps, and it says it is ahead of schedule. The group also has filed suit in the California Supreme Court challenging the maps. The California Redistricting Commission, the citizens group that drew the maps for the first time this year, has until Oct. 10 to respond to the court challenge.

No word yet on how another GOP group is doing in its attempt to qualify a referendum on the new congressional district maps.

-- Jean Merl