HOW AZ STAYS BLUE: REDISTRICTING
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Arizona voters passed Proposition 106 in 2000, which amended the Arizona Constitution to establish an Independent Redistricting Commission (AIRC). The AIRC is responsible for drawing the congressional and legislative districts that Arizona will use through the 2030 election. The commission is composed of five members and the required independent chair, Erika Neuberg, has been unanimously agreed upon.
The commissions mission is as follows: “…to redraw Arizona’s congressional and legislative districts to reflect the results of the most recent census. The concept of one-person, one-vote dictates that districts should be roughly equal in population. Other factors to be considered are the federal Voting Rights Act, district shape, geographical features, respect for communities of interest and potential competitiveness…”
CURRENT DISTRICT MAPS
https://azredistricting.org/Maps/Final-Maps/default.asp M.boli, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
WHY IT MATTERS:
Political and racial gerrymandering distorts and undermines representative democracy by allowing officials to select their voters rather than voters to elect their officials.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
A truly blue Arizona. AZ’s population has gone up about 871,000 since 2010. And as the districts become more representative, Finchem, Leach, Gosar and their fellow seditionists could be history. Just think of what could be accomplished if our state legislature turned blue!
WHAT CAN WE DO?
Provide comments and testimony in the public hearings which provides oversight that the district boundaries are drawn fairly and legally.
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At the end of the training, you will be able to sign up for redistricting updates.AZ Independent Redistricting Commission
1100 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85007
The AIRC has held two meetings in January and although no upcoming meetings are scheduled, you can check the AZ public meetings website:
https://publicmeetings.az.gov/arizona-public-meetingsDOV will be hosting a speaker at an upcoming meeting to provide more information about redistricting and how to stay involved.