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Voters reject Prop. 27, keeping redistricting commission intact

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In 2008, voters gave an independent commission the power to control boundaries for state legislative districts. Tonight, voters opted to keep that system in place, rejecting Prop. 27 and keeping the mapmaking power out of the hands of the Legislature, according to early vote tallies.

Prop. 27 was backed by House Democrats and Haim Saban, who wanted to return the power to draw legislative districts to state lawmakers. Democrats fear ceding that power may lead to Republican political gains across the state. Proponents of Prop. 27 also fought to defeat Prop. 20, which sought to give the independent commission control over congressional maps as well.

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