05/04/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Engaged And Enraged: Citizens Respond To Shot At Redrawing California's Legislative Map

Here in California, Democrats have just one candidate for governor (and he has already done the job), and state lawmakers from both parties seem incapable of passing even modest legislation without a meltdown.

But while the state's political class may be languid, a sea of residents is not. Nearly 31,000 of them have raised their hands for the complex and highly bureaucratic task of redrawing the districts of the State Legislature and of the State Board of Equalization, which administers certain taxes -- the only citizen effort of its kind in the country.