Today the US Department of Justice gave its formal approval to California’s Proposition 11 redistricting reform measure. This is the final step in approval of Prop 11. The independent redistricting commission is now official.
As noted in the DoJ Preclearance Letter, future steps in this process will require additional DoJ review. These include any regulations issued by the State Auditor governing the Commission selection process, and the final plans eventually adopted by the Redistricting Commission.
For now, reformers can celebrate anotherÂ victory, though much work remains to ensure the Commission is successful.