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Citizens panel to vote on Calif. political maps
Independent citizens panel to vote on final Calif. political maps, but challenges are likely
By The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) ' An independent panel is voting on new maps for California's congressional and legislative districts in a process that is expected to promote more Democrats to office.

The California Citizens Redistricting Commission is scheduled to adopt the final maps during a meeting Friday. They will be used in state elections for the next decade.

Consultants who have been monitoring the panel's work say Democrats stand to make gains because of the state's changing demographics.

Among the most intriguing questions is whether the new district boundaries will allow Democrats to gain the two-thirds majorities they need in the Legislature to pass tax increases.

Republican consultant Matt Rexroad says the commission has done a poor job of making information transparent. The state GOP is exploring the possibility of a legal challenge.

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