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California begins a new era in redistricting

Nov 18, 2010 10:09:00 PM - latimes.com
Eight ordinary voters are chosen by lottery from among 36 applicants to serve on a panel to redraw political boundaries. They will pick six more from the same pool. The shift upends a system long friendly to incumbents.

A handful of everyday Californians were chosen Thursday to tackle the politically incendiary task of redrawing the state's voting districts — a job that voters decided to take away from political insiders.