California extends deadline to apply for redistricting panel

Posted at 11:50 AM, Aug 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-05 14:50:44-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California officials are extending the deadline to apply for a commission that will redraw boundaries for most state and federal elected officials after next year's census.

State Auditor Elaine Howle, who heads the selection process, said Monday that nearly 14,000 people have applied for the 14 positions. But that's less than half the roughly 30,000 who applied a decade ago.

The deadline had been Friday, but she's pushing it back to Aug. 19.

Some organizations had sought to extend the deadline for fear too few minority residents had applied.

Voters created the independent commission that redraws congressional, state Senate, state Assembly and state Board of Equalization district lines after new population figures are tallied.

It must include five Democrats, five Republicans, and four who have no party preference.