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Supreme Court Allows Redistricting Initiative On November Ballot

Sacramento, CA — The state Supreme Court has ruled that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger´s initiative to redraw legislative districts can remain on the special election ballot.

The four-two decision overturns a state appellate court ruling that removed the measure because of a wording dispute. The state´s high court said it was unconvinced there were different meanings in the versions of the measure that were submitted to the attorney general and those shown to registered voters.

The decision is a victory for the Republican governor, who has made the redistricting initiative a centerpiece of his so-called “year of reform.” The initiative seeks to strip lawmakers´ power to draw congressional and legislative boundaries in California and instead shift that responsibility to a panel of retired judges.