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Redistricting Quirk Leaves Some Districts With 2 State Senators While Others Have None

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California State Capitol in Sacramento (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— A quirk in California’s redistricting has residents of Marin County and other parts of the state without representation in the new State Senate that opened session this week. Meanwhile some voters in San Francisco have two State Senators.

The State Senate maps were redrawn by a citizens’ commission, thanks in part to the work of Kathay Feng, executive director of California Common Cause.The odd-numbered districts elected new Senators in November while the even numbered ones don’t vote until 2014.

Marin had previously been part of State Senator Mark Leno’s 3rd District, but was moved into the new 2nd District. Leno’s territory was shifted south and is now called the 11th District.

According to Feng, the new 2nd District hasn’t elected a senator yet, and they’re adjusting to a new set of maps.

“There are people who used to be in one set of districts. They haven’t yet transitioned to the new set of districts, so they’re left with two sets of representatives or no representative technically,” Fung said.

Noreen Evans of Santa Rosa represents the existing 2nd District. Next month the Senate is expected to name her “caretaker Senator” for the Marin portion until she runs to represent the entire, redrawn district next year.

Meanwhile, some San Franciscans have both Leno and Leland Yee representing them, since Leon’s new district and Yee’s old one overlap.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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