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California Redistricting Commission Seeks Public Input

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The California Redistricting Commission, which is responsible for determining district boundaries for the State Senate and State Assembly, is seeking public input on its work. 

The California Redistricting Commission, or CRC, uses census data to redraw government districts across the state.

Ray Kennedy is a commissioner with the CRC. He brings to the position decades of experience both domestically and internationally with election assistance, including time at the United Nations and work in several countries including Haiti, Mexico and Afghanistan.

Kennedy, a resident of the Morongo Valley, is now the lead for community outreach in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

He says there’s an online mapping tool at wedrawthelinesca.org that allows Californians to inform the commission about communities of interest in their area.

“For us to know what those communities of interest are, where they’re located, what makes them unique, we need the people of California to tell us about their communities of interest.,” Kennedy says.

Californians can also provide input on redistricting through email or traditional mail. 

“And we will be organizing basically community input sessions in various locations around the state later this year," Kennedy says. "For now, we have to do everything virtually, but we’re hoping at a certain point we’ll be able to do in-person events.”

The CRC hasn’t announced a deadline for having the redistricting process completed, but has said it should be by the end of this year.

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