Filing the referendum with the attorney general is the first step in the process that ultimately requires the collection of 504,760 valid voter signatures within about three months to halt implementation of the maps until voters decide their fate on the June 2012 ballot. If the referendum qualifies for the ballot, the state Supreme Court would draw new maps or decide which maps to use in the upcoming political races.
The measure was filed by Julie Vandermost, an Orange County development and environmental consultant, and Charles Bell, a prominent Sacramento lawyer for Republican causes. Neither could be immediately reached for comment.
Now, the California State Senate and the Congressional Maps will be circulating petitions for signatures. It will probably be just as easy to ask for two signatures, as it is for one and now there are two pools of campaign cash to pay for the paid signature gatherers.
Also, it places some California races into an uncertainty mode and makes political calculus as to who runs for what in a state of flux.