On the November 8 Special Election ballot–Californians will vote on an issue of great importance to the Armenian community. Proposition 77–Arnold Schwarzenegger’s plan to redraw legislative districts–could reduce the Armenian community’s influence in the United States Congress. I encourage you to vote "No" on this risky initiative.
The current district lines give the Armenian community a great deal of influence in Congress. In recent years–Congressional supporters of Armenia have increased pressure on Turkey to recognize the Armenian genocide and have provided Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh important foreign aid.
Now–Proposition 77 threatens to redraw the districts of some of Armenia’s strongest voices in Congress–including Congressmen Adam Schiff–Brad Sherman–and George Radanovich–potentially reversing the progress we have made on these important issues.
Proposition 77 could divide Armenian communities and dilute their power in Congress. Redistricting in the middle of the decade would be done in a hasty manner and would use outdated Census information. Proposition 77 is bad for California and bad for Armenian Justice. Please vote "No" on Proposition 77 on November 8.