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Legislation to Align Elections Calendar with Delayed Redistricting Deadline Advances

August 27, 2021

SB 594 (Glazer), which aligns the elections calendar for the June 7, 2022 primary with the new statewide redistricting deadline, was passed out of Assembly Elections Committee earlier this week with unanimous support.

The California Citizens Redistricting Commission has previously obtained from the court an extension of their time to finalize new maps for Congress, the state Legislature, and Board of Equalization districts. They recently petitioned the California Supreme Court for an additional two-week extension, citing concerns of minimal public comment during the end-of-year holidays. If the California Supreme Court grants the Commission’s request, the deadline for final maps will be January 14, 2022. However, the later maps are allowed to be finished, the less time county registrars will have to complete the work necessary to re-precinct in time for the primary election.

SB 594 seeks to lessen the burden on election officials and candidates by aligning the elections calendar for the 2022 primary with a later state redistricting deadline. The bill reduces the time and number of signatures required for candidates to collect signatures-in-lieu of a filing fee, and it adjusts the timing of the start of the nomination process.

Importantly for county redistricting timelines, SB 594 was amended to clarify that the requirement for counties to “adopt” supervisorial district boundaries can be satisfied by either ordinance or resolution. This clarification ensures that counties can maximize the amount of time dedicated to the map-drawing process. CSAC supports SB 594 based on this helpful clarification.

SB 594 is currently on the Assembly Floor, where it will be considered during these final two weeks of session. If it passes the Assembly, it will move back to the Senate for concurrence.

 

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