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California high court clears way for redistricting proposition

[JURIST] By a 4-2 margin late Friday the California Supreme Court [official website] overruled a lower court decision [JURIST report], and placed controversial Proposition 77 [text] back on the November 8 special election [Secretary of State information] ballot. Proponents of the plan that transfers redistricting power from the current Democratic-controlled legislature to a panel of judges had argued that the petition circulated to get the initiative on the ballot was misleading. The court majority found there was a lack of evidence that the differences between the petition and the actual wording of the proposition "were likely to have misled the persons who signed the initiative petition .'' The San Francisco Chronicle has more.

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