San Francisco—The California Supreme Court today unanimously denied two pending petitions for writs of mandate that challenged the validity of the state Senate and congressional redistricting maps that have been certified by the Citizens Redistricting Commission. (Vandermost v. Bowen, S196493; Radanovich v. Bowen, S196852.)
The court also denied petitioners’ requests for an emergency stay of the certified maps. All seven justices participated in the court’s action.
On August 15, 2011, the Citizens Redistricting Commission certified to the Secretary of State all four required statewide electoral maps—covering the 40 State Senate and 80 Assembly districts, California’s 53 congressional districts, and the 4 districts of the California State Board of Equalization.
The petitions for writs of mandate filed in the Supreme Court challenged only the state Senate and congressional districts.