State Senate districts are revised every ten years following the federal census. This year, the voter-approved California Citizens Redistricting Commission revised the boundaries of the 40 Senate districts.
This referendum petition, if signed by the required number of registered voters and filed with the Secretary of State, will: (1) Place the revised State Senate boundaries on the ballot and prevent them from taking effect unless approved by the voters at the next statewide election; and (2) Require court-appointed officials to set interim boundaries for use in the next statewide election. (11-0028)
Analysis from News10 Political Editor John Myers
Everyone wants you to vote ‘yes’ on this one. Really.
Prop 40 is actually a referendum, the rarely used version of a proposition that allows voters to overturn a law they don’t like. In this case, Prop 40 asks you to endorse (Yes) or reject (No) the political maps for the state Senate drawn in 2011 by California’s Citizens Redistricting Commission.
But in truth, this referendum was really a ploy by Republicans to have a Senate map they didn’t like overturned by the California Supreme Court (how & why is complicated, no need to elaborate here).
The Court rejected that plea in late 2011, but the referendum had already qualified for the ballot. And California doesn’t allow an initiative or referendum to be removed from the ballot just because its backers change their minds. So… it became Prop 40.
Now, even the Republicans who wanted you to vote ‘no’ (because that’s what backers of any referendum want, a rejection of the law) are saying… Never mind, please vote ‘yes.’
Even if Prop 40 should fail - and the Senate districts be overturned - the state’s high Court has indicated it would just reinstate them under the Court’s own power.
As such, there’s really no reason to vote against Prop 40 - everyone says so.