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Policy Report Democracy & Voting Rights

Redrawing California’s Political Lines: Latino Representation In the California Citizens Redistricting Commission Application Process

The fourteen final members of the California Citizens’ Redistricting Commission (CCRC) have been selected and Latinos are underrepresented. This fact sheet extends our research published in May 2020 analyzing the representation of Latinos in the last stages of the CCRC selection process.


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The fourteen final members of the California Citizens’ Redistricting Commission (CCRC) have been selected and Latinos are underrepresented. This fact sheet extends our research published in May 2020 analyzing the representation of Latinos in the last stages of the CCRC selection process.

Overview:

Every ten years, the California Citizens Redistricting Commission (CCRC) redraws the jurisdictional boundaries for Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly, and State Board of Equalization districts. The Voters FIRST Act (Act) requires the 14 commission members to be selected based on three key qualifications: their analytical skills, their ability to be impartial, and their appreciation for California’s diverse demographics and geography. This fact sheet updates previous research was done by LPPI and compares the Latino representation among commissioners of the 2020 CCRC and the 2010 CCRC to identify the magnitude of Latino underrepresentation compared to how Latinos fared in the 2010 CCRC selection process and present other disparities relating to the geographic representation.

 

Key Findings:

  • Latinos make up 39% of California’s population, but they represent only 28.6% or 4 of the 14 Commissioners are Latinos
  • Latinos were the only racial or ethnic group underrepresented at every stage of the 2020 CCRC selection process.
  • Despite increasing their representation in the CCRC from 21.4% in 2010 to 28.6% in 2020, Latinos remain underrepresented relative to their share of the state’s population.