Californians strip legislators of right to redraw districts

Californians have stripped lawmakers of authority to draw their own political districts and also gave Democrats slightly more clout in the Legislature – unless absentee ballots reverse Wednesday's results.

Proposition 11, the redistricting initiative, was ahead by nearly 99,000 votes – a margin of about one percentage point, with all precincts counted.

The measure would create a 14-member citizens commission to draw legislative and Board of Equalization districts. Lawmakers would continue to decide congressional seats.

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