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Almost Four Million Californians Live in Areas with No State Senator

Published on January 22, 2013, by in General.

This Los Angeles Times story explains that almost 4,000,000 Californians live in areas with no State Senate representation, due to redistricting and the fact that California, like most states with four-year State Senate terms, doesn’t elect the entire State Senate in years following redistricting.

A few states that don’t normally elect more than half their State Senators in any given year make exceptions for years after redistricting, and elect the entire State Senate. And many states have two-year State Senate terms.

9 Responses

  1. Demo Rep

    Will the U.S.A. Army liberate CA from its ANTI-Democracy regime ???

    See the nearly dead U.S.A. Const, Art. IV, Sec. 4 — one of the very major reasons for having the U.S.A. regime exist —

    i.e. NO monarchy/oligarchy regime allowed in ANY State in the Union.
    ——-
    P.R. and nonpartisan App.V.

  2. kevhays01

    How can this be constitutional with no taxation without representation?

  3. “Taxation without representation”, as a political principle, is important in U.S. history, but I don’t think it was ever put into any state constitution or the U.S. constitution either. And if it were, our treatment of residents of the District of Columbia and the various territories would be unconstitutional.

  4. Demo Rep

    How many voters voted for a CA state senator in both 2010 and 2012 — by moving and/or not moving ???

    i.e. Some voters being more equal than others —
    2 VOTES

    versus 1 Vote or even NO votes.

    i.e. How EVIL was the Donkey controlled CA gerrymander commission ???

    I.E. more Elephants losing their votes than Donkeys in 2012 ???

  5. Larry Allred

    News of thins sort is important because it is impossible to defend. Most would just others not think about it or acknowledge it as the best way; just dismiss without response.

    I think of the voters or would-be voters who if they understood how an election cycle just skipped over them insofar as their representation in the upper chamber of the state they’re registered in is concerned, well, they’d probably have a problem with that.

    A worthy project would seek to find, list and organize the victims.

  6. Jim Riley

    #4 The article was too forgiving – referring to it as a “quirk”, “it can’t be helped”, “everyone has a voice even though you have this anomaly”, and interviewing senators about how they were going to serve their pseudo-constituents.

    What they are missing is that 10% of the voters were last able to vote for a senator in 2008; and won’t be able to vote again until 2014, after a two-year lapse in representation.

    http://www.legislature.ca.gov/legislators_and_districts/districts/senatedistricts.html

    Shows the “quirk”. White areas have “deferred representation” and citizens have had a senator “assigned” to them. Other areas are “accelerated”. Voters in these area have two senators they voted for. In the portion of the old SD-4 that was moved into an odd-number district, voters were able to vote for both senators in November (the old SD-4 had a special election because its senator had resigned to run for Congress, and they had been placed in the new SD-1 which had a regular election for a 4-year term).

    Under the One Man One Vote decisions of the 1960s (Baker v Carr; Reynolds v Sims, etc.). The SCOTUS determined that if the vote of one voter was worth 20% more than another it was a violation of equal protection. But in this case, 10% of the voters have a vote of zero value.

    It is trivial to handle this situation. In Texas, all senators run after redistricting. Once the senate is organized, they draw lots. 1/2 the senators are given an initial 4-year term, and their district will have elections in 2016 and 2020. The last election will be a 2-year term. The other half will be given an initial 2-year term, with the district having an election in 2014 and 2018, both for a 4-year term.

    Illinois has a slightly different system, with senators drawn into 3 classes, serving terms of 4-4-2; 4-2-4; and 2-4-4.

  7. Demo Rep

    #7 Abolish upper houses — an EVIL vestige of the EVIL House of Lords in the U.K.

    See the nonpartisan ONE house Nebraska legislature since about 1936 — but with the 4-4 split stuff.

  8. Demo Rep

    # 7 More about the Donkey conspiracy in the bogus CA gerrymander commission —

    How many Elephant voters in the *deferred* gerrymander areas ???

    How many Donkey voters in the *accelerated* gerrymander areas ???

    How CORRUPT and EVIL are the gerrymander MONSTERS in ALL States, esp. CA ???

  9. Jim Riley

    #9 One of the reasons Republicans sought a referendum on the senate map was that the odd-numbered districts had a Democratic bias, while the even-numbered districts had a Republican bias.

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