The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund has launched the Latinos Draw the Lines Campaign to encourage eligible Latinos in California to apply for the 2020 Citizens Redistricting Commission:
“With Latinos making up the largest population group in California, the stakes are too high for our community to not be adequately represented during the state’s redistricting process,” stated Arturo Vargas, NALEO Educational Fund CEO. “Ensuring fair representation for all California residents starts with ensuring that the 2020 Citizens Redistricting Commission reflects the diversity of the Golden State. Through our Latinos Draw the Lines Campaign, we will do our part to ensure that qualified and talented Latinos have a voice in the upcoming redistricting process by encouraging our community to apply for this important Commission.”
The applicant pool does not yet fully resemble California’s diversity, it is crucial that Latinos apply for the Commission before the August 19, 2019 deadline.
Through the Latinos Draw the Lines Campaign, NALEO Educational Fund is calling on Latinos to submit an application (http://shapecaliforniasfuture.auditor.ca.gov/) so that they can help make-up a civic-minded, community-oriented, and diverse group of Commission members that will redraw California districts to reflect the communities that live in them.
The work of the Commission will shape the future of California’s democracy, and Latinos should embrace this critical, once-in-a-decade opportunity that has wide-ranging implications in Sacramento and Congress. Because the applicant pool does not yet fully resemble California’s diversity, it is crucial that Latinos apply for the Commission before the August 19, 2019 deadline.
The application process only takes 10 minutes. Applicants should have relevant analytic skills, an appreciation for California’s diverse demographics and geography, no conflicting interests, and the ability to be impartial to serve on the Commission.
Latinos can also help promote the work of the Commission in other ways, including by spreading the word about the application period, and encouraging colleagues and friends to apply before the deadline ends.
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