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Saturday, August 25th, 2007

Ah-nold’s plan for redistricting reform (and his opinion of California’s Presidential Election Reform Act) is after the jump. Photo of California Governors Pete Wilson, Schwarzenegger, and Gray Davis by Nick Ut for the AP.

Schwarzenegger on election reform
Arnold has spoken, and he doesn’t seem so into the plan to award electoral votes in his state by congressional district, a plan which some say is an attempt to rig the election outcome by the initiative’s sponsors. The Assocated Press reports what Arnold said, and what that might mean:

“In principle, I don’t like to change the rules in the middle of the game,” the Republican governor told reporters.

Schwarzenegger added he wasn’t versed in details of the ballot proposal and stressed he wasn’t taking a definitive position. But his uneasy response is likely to make it harder for supporters to build momentum and could chill fundraising.

The AP article also reports that Schwarzenegger got together on Thursday with his two immediate predecessors, Democrat Gray Davis and Republican Pete Wilson (pictured above), to endorse a redistricting reform plan that would “give an independent commission the authority to draw district boundaries.” The LA Times gives us a look into the politics behind this plan:

Lawmakers have sent mixed signals about their support for such a plan, saying that many Californians in Congress oppose it — their districts would be included — and could raise money to defeat it.

No word on who these mysterious Californian members of Congress are, but if you know, holler at us. If you’d rather be playing video games right now, you might enjoy our look at the Redistricting Game, playing on our YouTube Page. For more info on that plan, which showcases a nationwide redistricting reform proposal, check out our post from a few weeks back.

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