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.
Redistricting commission will give mapping consultants time to respond to comments, criticism
Before the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission chooses the mapping consultant that will help turn its proposed district boundaries into reality, it wants to give the three finalists an opportunity to respond to the criticism that’s been leveled at them.
Arizona census stunner: No 10th congressional seat
Arizona will not gain a 10th congressional seat that was widely expected — and, for many politicians, highly anticipated — the U.S. Census Bureau revealed on Monday when it announced reapportionment figures.
Redistricting commission hopes to interview mapping consultants next week
The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission is looking to move quickly on key hires as it ramps up its work, though it will likely be a couple weeks before it makes its next big decision on who will serve as its mapping consultant.
Redistricting commission chooses Democratic, Republican attorneys
The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission unanimously selected separate Democratic and Republican law firms to serve as its legal counsel, avoiding a key pitfall that opened an irreparable rift on the commission a decade ago and set the stage for months of partisan acrimony.
Arizona at low risk of gerrymandering in 2022: report
In a new analysis of possible gerrymandering ahead of the 2022 elections, Arizona is just one of seven states that were deemed at “minimal risk” of winding up with a political map with clear partisan bias.
Legal counsel fight was pivotal moment for last redistricting commission
When the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission chooses its legal counsel, a decision that could come as early as Tuesday, it will pass a major milestone that sent its predecessor careening into partisan strife and acrimony a decade ago.