Large districts create distance between them and their representatives.
- These citizens were somewhat aware that California districts are very large – although they were shocked to learn the exact numbers of persons per representative.
- The vast majority did not know the name of their state representative or state senator.
- They feel that there is too much distance between people and their representatives:
- “I never hear from them outside of election times”
- “You see all the junk on TV during the campaign, then they disappear”
- “Individuals can’t be effective with their vote, so they don’t show up”