California Supreme Court asked to review redistricting initiative

California Supreme Court asked to review redistricting initiative

[JURIST] Proponents of a ballot initiative backed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger [official website] that would change the way political districts are drawn in California have lodged an appeal with the state Supreme Court asking that the issue be reinstated for the upcoming vote. Proposition 77 [PDF text, advocacy website], if approved by voters, would give a panel of retired judges the power to draw districts. Currently, the state legislature does so. On Tuesday, a lower court ruled that the measure could not be part of the November election [JURIST report] because petitions circulated to collect the necessary signatures for the initiative to appear on the ballot did not contain the same wording. Thursday's San Francisco Chronicle has more.