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State of California November 8, 2005 Election
Proposition 77
Redistricting. Initiative Constitutional Amendment
State of California

Initiative Constitutional Amendment - Majority Approval Required

Fail: 3,073,346 / 40.3% Yes votes ...... 4,548,276 / 59.7% No votes

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Results as of Nov 23 4:01pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (17726/17726)
Information shown below: Summary | Fiscal Impact | Yes/No Meaning | Official Information | Arguments |

Should the California Constitution be amended to change the process of redistricting California's State Senate, State Assembly, Congressional and Board of Equalization districts, transferring the implementation of redistricting from the Legislature to a panel of three retired judges, selected by legislative leaders?

Summary Prepared by the State Attorney General:
Amends state Constitution's process for redistricting California's Senate, Assembly, Congressional and Board of Equalization districts. Requires three-member panel of retired judges selected by legislative leaders.

Fiscal Impact from the Legislative Analyst:
One-time state redistricting costs totaling no more than $1.5 million and county costs in the range of $1 million. Potential reduction in future costs, but net impact would depend on decisions by voters.

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote on this measure means:
Boundaries for political districts would be drawn by retired judges and approved by voters at statewide elections. A redistricting plan would be developed for use following the measure's approval and then following each future federal census.

A NO vote on this measure means:
Boundaries for political districts would continue to be drawn by the Legislature and approved by the Governor. A redistricting plan would be developed following each future federal census.

Official Sources of Information
Arguments Submitted to the Secretary of State

Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 77:
PROPOSITION 77 MAKES POLITICIANS ACCOUNTABLE TO THE PEOPLE. Yes on Prop. 77 guarantees fair, competitive elections by ensuring voters have the final say on voting districts--not politicians. Prop. 77 reduces special interest influence and holds politicians accountable to their constituents. Fair Districts, Real Competition
--Yes on 77.

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Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 77:
Sponsors want you to believe Prop. 77 makes government better. Don't be fooled! Read the fine print: Voters lose their right to reject redistricting before it becomes effective; politicians pick judges to draw districts for them; it costs taxpayers millions; and cemented into our Constitution. Vote No on 77!

Full Text of Argument Against, Rebuttal

Contact FOR Proposition 77:
Edward J. Costa
People's Advocate
3407 Arden Way
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 482-6175

Contact AGAINST Proposition 77:
Californians for Fair Representation--No on 77
1127 11th Street, Suite 950
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 448-7724

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