I am interested in serving on the commission.

What is involved?

What will the commission do?

The Citizens Redistricting Commission will:

  • Draw new district maps for Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly, and Board of Equalization seats.
  • Evaluate data, statistical materials, and other relevant information.
  • Seek and listen to public testimony and comments on the maps.
  • Hire staff, legal counsel, and consultants.

How much are commissioners paid?

The compensation for commissioners is $300 a day,
plus reimbursement of personal expenses, when
doing commission business.

What are the basic qualifications?

  • You must be a registered voter in California with the same party (or non-party) affliation since July 1, 2015.
  • You must have voted in at least two of the last three statewide general elections.
  • You must have relevant analytical skills, be impartial, and appreciate California’s diversity.

Would I be a good commissioner?

A good commissioner is someone who:

  • Has an open mind, putting aside personal interests and loyalties
  • Is mindful of California’s diversity
  • Makes factually sound decisions
  • Cooperates with other commissioners to achieve agreement on decisions.

Who is disqualified?

An applicant is disqualified if, in the past ten years, he or she, or any member of his or her immediate family, has:

  • Been appointed to, elected to, or been a candidate for federal or state offce.
  • Served as an elected or appointed member of a political party central committee.
  • Served as paid congressional, legislative, or Board of Equalization staff.
  • Served as an offcer, employee, or paid consultant of a political party or the campaign committee of a candidate for elective federal or state offce.
  • Been a registered federal, state, or local lobbyist.
  • Contributed $2,500 or more to any congressional, state or local candidate in a year.

Staff and/or consultants to, persons under contract with, or any person with an immediate family relationship with, the Governor or a member of the Legislature, Congress, or Board of Equalization may not be a commissioner. Commissioners will be restricted from certain activities, including public offce, for either 5 or 10 years.

What is the selection timeline?

Jun. 10, 2019 - Aug. 9, 2019

Initial application period for commissioners.
Applications must be received by Aug. 9, at 11:59pm.

Aug. 12, 2019 - Sep. 11, 2019

Qualified applicants will be invited to complete a supplemental application, including essays and letters of recommendation.

Feb. 18, 2020 - April 20, 2020

The State Auditor team will interview the top 120 applicants. By May 8, 2020, the State Auditor team selects 60 finalists.

May 15, 2020 - Aug. 15, 2020

The Legislative leaders may reduce the finalists to 36. The State Auditor then randomly selects the first 8 commissioners. The 8 commissioners select the last 6 commissioners. Of the 14 commissioners, 5 will be Democrats, 5 will be Republicans, and 4 will be registered with neither party.

What is the time commitment?

The commissioners will decide on a meeting schedule.
The commissioners may spend 10 – 40 hours a week or more on their responsibilities. The bulk of the work will happen in 2021. Commissioners will serve until 2030.

How can I get involved?


Apply to be on the commission!

To apply, go to: Spread the word and get others to apply as well!


Participate during the map-drawing process in 2021!

  • Mobilize, attend, and provide testimony during community hearings with the Commission.
  • Develop and present map proposals for your district(s).
  • Submit comments and recommendations online and via email to the Commission.
  • Educate commissioners about your community and how lines should be drawn to enhance their voice and voting power.


Join an organization!

The Redistricting CA Collaborative has over twenty partner organizations leading statewide and local efforts to uplift people power during redistricting. Learn more about them and join!

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