According to the California State Auditor’s website, more than 3,000 applications have been submitted for a seat on the 2020 Citizens Redistricting Commission.

Two of those applicants are from Glenn County, according to data from the auditor’s website. 

“Californians are still encouraged to apply by the application deadline, Aug. 9, to ensure a large and diverse application pool,” it was stated in a press release.

Every 10 years, after the federal government publishes updated information based on the U.S. Census, California must redraw the boundaries of California’s Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly and State Board of Equalization districts, according to the press release. The 14-member commission is responsible for drawing the lines of each district. 

The 2020 commission will include five Democrats, five Republicans and four who are either registered without, or “independent” of, any political party (decline to state or no party preference) or with another party.

“We are thrilled about the number of applicants submitted since the application period opened on June 10,” said Elain Howle, California State Auditor, said in the press release. “But the work is not done yet. We want to make sure that all Californians are represented in the initial application pool. That means we need even more of the state’s talented and diverse citizens to take up this once in a decade opportunity and apply by Aug. 9.”

The auditor is tracking applicant demographic data on a daily basis by gender, ethnicity, political part, region and county. Updated Redistricting Commision application data can be viewed at applications.shapecaliforniasfuture.auditor.ca.gov/.

The initial application is open to every registered voter who has been affiliated with the same political part or with no political party since July 1, 2015 and has voted in at least two of the last three statewide general elections. 

Information requested through the initial application is used to determine whether initial eligibility requirements are met, according to the press release.

Applicants must submit an application online during the initial 60-day application period, which began on June 10 and runs through Aug. 9. 

For more information, eligibility requirements and to apply to the commission, visit shapecaliforniasfuture.auditor.ca.gov or call 833-421-7550. 

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