Heavy growth in Republican areas could aid GOP in redistricting
Arizona’s population growth over the past decade was largely in Maricopa County and was especially concentrated in predominantly Republican suburban areas, a trend that could favor Republicans as the state prepares to redraw its legislative and congressional districts. According to the 2020 census, Arizona’s population grew by about 760,000 people, an increase of 11.9%. Of […]
Redistricting should unite us around commonalities, not separate our ideologies
In late July and early August, Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission conducted a “listening tour,” holding 15 open hearings around the state. The point of the exercise was for the five commissioners to hear the views of the public about their “communities of interest.” A community of interest is often a geographic region where residents shop, […]
Redistricting commission hears community concerns, partisan talking points on listening tour
Florence, the seat of Pinal County, was a fitting place for the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission to begin its statewide listening tour. Residents of the rapidly growing county have aspired to anchor a congressional district, a hope that’s been dashed now in two consecutive redistricting cycles. Without a major population center, and with the bulk […]
Redistricting commission chooses competitiveness metrics
The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission has selected the tools it will use to determine whether the new congressional and legislative districts it draws are competitive. On Tuesday, the commission chose two metrics to determine competitiveness. One will use the results from statewide races over the past three election cycles to determine how close the average […]
Earlier census data release won’t affect Arizona redistricting
The U.S. Census Bureau will release the population data that states need for redistricting four days earlier than expected, but it won’t change the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission’s schedule for drawing new congressional and legislative maps. The bureau announced last week that it will release the population data on Aug. 12, as opposed to Aug. […]
Mapping tool lets people show communities of interest to IRC
When redistricting commissioners begin their statewide tour on Friday, Arizonans will be able to not only tell them about their communities of interest but show them as well. The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission created a tool that’s available on its website that allows people to map out their communities of interest. The mapping tool is […]
Redistricting commission aims to finish maps by late December
Arizonans will see the final versions of their new legislative and congressional maps shortly before Christmas under a schedule the Independent Redistricting Commission adopted, with the caveat that things could still stretch into January due to a pandemic-induced delay in the census data it needs to draw the new boundaries. The commission voted on Monday […]
New census privacy formula could affect redistricting, but opinions differ
A new effort by the U.S. Census Bureau to protect people’s privacy could make it harder for the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission to draw districts primarily composed of people of color that will withstand litigation under the Voting Rights Act.
Redistricting commission eyes late July start to statewide tour
If all goes according to plan, the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission will begin its statewide “listening tour” in late July and end in early August, shortly before it expects to get the census data it needs to begin drawing congressional and legislative maps.
Redistricting mapping consultant defends work on Latino districts
A mapping consultant selected by the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission says critics mischaracterized some of its past work, including on the Arizona legislative districts it helped draw 20 years ago.
Redistricting commission prepares to begin state tour, but dates uncertain and delay likely
The start of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission’s statewide listening tour could be pushed back as it finalizes details and sorts out details on when it can hold meetings in areas where public gatherings are still limited due to COVID-19.
Redistricting commission divided on inviting legislative leaders
The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission is split on whether to invite Democratic and Republican leaders from the legislature to address the commission, with a majority of members leaning against it.