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Every ten years, the state legislature redraws district boundaries. The majority party makes sure it stays a majority, and minority party members get safe seats, too. Last year, the system worked so well that not one state senate, assembly or congressional seat changed hands from Democrat to Republican or vice versa. Iowa, Arizona, Montana, Idaho and Alaska are among the states that have taken reapportionment out of the hands of legislatures. Governor Schwarzenegger says Proposition 77 on next month's ballot will restore political competition by putting three retired judges in charge of redrawing district lines. Democrats call it a power grab by Republicans. Republicans say it's time to be fair. We learn how districts are appointed now and speak with both sides about whether Prop 77 will make a difference.

Proposition 77: Redistricting

Yes on Prop 77

No on Prop 77

Producers:
Frances Anderton

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