The California Citizens Redistricting Commission is seeking applications for its 2020 commission. The deadline for the first stage has been extended to August 19th, 5:00PM Pacific Time.
The commission is responsible for redrawing district maps every 10 years for California’s congressional delegation, state senate, and state assembly following the updated federal census. The previous 2010 commission’s diversity ensured demographically representative district lines and cooperation with civil rights groups.
However, according to this year’s application statistics, the current applicant pool is disproportionately white, male, and from Southern California. The SF Chronicle reported that as of August 5th, over 59% of the commission’s applicants were male and 64% of all applicants were white. Latinxs only made up 15% of all applicants, despite being 39% of California’s population. Asian Pacific Islanders only made up 7% of the applicant pool, even though they are 16% of the state.
The commission encourages all interested California citizens to apply, regardless of their familiarity with voting rights, mapping, or demography.
Commissioners are paid $300/day, with yearly compensation averaging $50,000 to $75,000 during peak years, the next of which will begin August to September of 2020. You can apply here or find more information in the Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus application guide.