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Proposition 6 and Redistricting: A Legal Perspective

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Publication Date: January 1980

Publisher(s): Rose Institute of State and Local Government

Topic: Politics (Elections and voting)

Type: Report

Coverage: California


Proposition 6 was approved by the voters of California in June of 1980. Although its language is fairly straightforward, this simplicity belies a long history of reapportionment law on the state and federal levels. Furhter, it is the product of fifteen years' struggle in the courts of California and the country. Because Proposition 6 still leaves some terms undefined, more struggles may follow. This paper attempts to put proposition 6 in the context of reapportionment history and to anticipate some of the conflicts to come.