Post-Election Craziness!

After the election in November I was full of excitement, I loved looking at the rare outcomes that were produced by redistricting and the new top two primary system that was used in June primary. But now that we are a month and a half after the election, that excitement has worn off some.

As I sought out resources to help me provide you all with the most accurate information on the election, I began to realize that the normal resources we use were themselves struggling to produce accurate information! Because of the slew of close races and redistricting, information was slow to be made available, and often times combined a mixture of old and new district details. From the odd collection of legislators listed on the Assembly’s official website during the first day of session in December to the difficulties with some official websites in simply figuring out which counties were in each district, it was clear that this election created a plethora of additional challenges.

If the professionals are struggling to get it right, then it’s definitely even more challenging for people less familiar with politics and elections. And making it even more important for us to get it right. So here are some tips for determining your legislator, and some things to be aware of.

  • We have updated our November 2012 Election Results. This document can be used to identify new or new-to-you legislators and their counties. This information has been updated and corrected as more information has been made available. If you want to determine who your legislator is, you can enter your address here. This will provide information on your Senator and Assembly Member for your address.
  • One of the most interesting and confusing parts of this election is that it did not affect the even numbered Senate seats. What does this mean? If you are in an even numbered Senate District, the legislator you elected in 2010 still represents the area they were elected to represent at that time. This means that the previous district lines still apply for even numbered Senate seats. Because of redistricting, this could leave some people with two Senators (a new odd numbered district and an old even numbered district) or no Senators at all. If you are left with no Senator, your area will be assigned a proxy to represent you until the 2014 election.

I guess I’m still just as excited as I was after the election, even though so much is still being figured out. Some of this only happens every 10 years, and makes for some interesting scenarios to think about for a policy wonk like me. If you have any questions, or are confused about who represents you, please give me a call, I love to talk about this stuff! And if you’re ready to get to know your new legislator, make sure you register for New Legislator Orientation – click here to sign up!

–Lindsey Freitas

 

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