An initiative to add redrawing congressional districts to the duties of the Citizens Redistricting Commission has qualified for the November ballot.
The Voters First Act for Congress would give the job of redrawing congressional district lines every 10 years to the 14-member citizen panel created under Proposition 11, approved in 2008. The first-of-its-kind commission is currently tasked with drafting state legislative and Board of Equalization districts.
The campaign to qualify the measure, bankrolled by super-rich Charles T. Munger, Jr., submitted to elections officials 1,180,623 voter signatures earlier this year. A random sample check projected that the number of valid voter signatures in the batch exceeded the 694,354-signature threshold for qualifying.
Proponents could have company in campaigning for changes to the redistricting process. A competing measure to give the task of drawing districts back to the state Legislature has received major funding from members of California's congressional delegation and appears on track to try to qualify for the ballot.
The Voters First Act for Congress is the third measure to make it on the November ballot, joining an initiative to legalize marijuana and the legislative-approved $11 billion water bond.