Friday, October 29, 2021

AZ’s Independent Districting Commission Unanimously Approves Proposed Maps

The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC), adopted Drafts of New Congressional and Legislative District Maps, Thursday, with only a few Partisan Disputes.

The Five-Member Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, adopted the Maps following a full-day Meeting at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel in Phoenix.

The Commission’s Goal is to have Final Maps for the State by Dec. 22, but by Law they must have them done by Jan. 2nd, 2022.

“I think it’s a great compromise map,” Commission Chair Erika Neuberg said. “I feel very proud.”…

The Commission consists of: two Republicans Douglas York and David Mehl; Two Democrats Shereen Lerner and Derrick Watchman; and an Independent Chair Neuberg, as Mandated by the 2000 Voter Initiative, that Created it and took the Redistricting Decisions out of the Hands of the Legislature.

Tensions rose Thursday as the Panel neared the Key step of Adopting the Draft Maps, but never approached the Sort of Bitter Infighting, seen in the 2011 Redistricting Process.

Mehl and Lerner squabbled over which Draft Legislative Map should be Adopted, arguing over the Competitiveness of certain Districts in the Tucson and Phoenix areas.

An Analysis by the IRC’s Mapping Team of the Nine Congressional Districts shows Four Districts that are Competitive or Highly Competitive.

The Draft Map’s Congressional Districts:

- One and Six were considered Highly Competitive.

- Four and Eight were in the Competitive Range.

- Two fell just outside the Range, at 7.6%.

The other Four Districts were solidly Republican or Democrat.

CLICK HERE to view Approved Congressional Draft Map.

CLICK HERE to view Legislative District Map Development.

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