The Commission’s final certified district maps are scheduled to take effect for the June 2012 primary elections.
The California Supreme Court unanimously dismissed the two legal challenges pending before the Court to the Commission’s maps on October 26th, 2011. The deadline has passed for filing new, state court litigation. A similar legal challenge to the Congressional maps, by the same petitioners, was filed in Federal Court. That challenge was dismissed with prejudice on February 10, 2012.
The Commission submitted maps for Voting Rights Act (VRA), Section 5 counties, (Yuba, Monterey, Merced and Kings), to the U.S. Department of Justice, which reviewed them and found them in compliance with the VRA.
A referendum challenging the Commission’s State Senate maps has qualified for the November ballot.