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2 Butte County supervisors hoping for independent commission for next redistricting

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BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Some local leaders are pushing for more oversight when it comes to drawing voting district maps.

Butte County Supervisors Tami Ritter and Debra Lucero are hoping to have an independent commission that will be in charge of redrawing the lines for the county instead of supervisors.

This comes after supervisors voted to use map A5-C which was drawn up by Supervisor Tod Kimmelshue and his wife.

Ritter and Lucero believe it goes against the Fair Maps Act.

They are calling for a November 2022 ballot measure so Butte County voters can create a redistricting commission for the next time they have to redraw district lines – after the next census.

Lucero explained there are steps to be followed when creating this commission.

"There is a way to figure out who you are, whether or not you are active in voting,” Lucero said. “Obviously, we want people who are active in democracy making these decisions, so that is kind of what we are thinking. It would be some type of board of commission like that."

At the next board meeting on Jan. 11, Lucero and Ritter will ask to agendize this topic and will ask staff to come back with options for the board so they can learn what other counties are doing and how this will be done.

Lucero and Ritter are also working on their referendum and say they are on track and only need to collect 6,000 more signatures.

Supervisors Lucero and Ritter will need to collect those signatures before their Jan. 13 deadline.

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