REDISTRICTING

What is
Redistricting?

Redistricting is the process by which new congressional and state legislative district boundaries are drawn. In 2021, voting district lines will be redrawn to determine who represents the people in our communities and our state.

The Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC):

In Arizona, the IRC is responsible for redistricting, not the legislature. 

  • The AZ IRC is a Commision made up of two Republicans, two Democrats and an Independent Chair.

  • The 5 commissioners are David Mehl (R), Douglas York (R), Shereen Lerner (D), Derrick Watchman (D), Erica Schupak Neuberg (Independent Chair)

The Voting Rights Act (VRA):

Section 2 of the VRA of 1965 is a nationwide prohibition against voting standards, practices and procedures that discriminate on the basis of race, color or membership in a language minority group.

Communities of Interest (COI):

A COI is not formally defined at the state or federal level but is generally defined as a group of people with a common set of concerns and interests that should be represented in a single district for the purpose of ensuring fair and effective representation

Arizona Redistricting Criteria

In addition to the federal requirements of one person, one vote and the Voting Rights Act, Arizona’s state constitution requires that state legislative and congressional districts: 

  • Be compact and contiguous

  • Preserve communities of interest

  • Respect geographic features 

  • Do not protect incumbent candidates

  • Do not consider party affiliation and voting history

  • Favor competitive districts when do so would cause no detriment to the other criteria

The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission has approved congressional and legislative draft maps. Explore these draft maps and the draft development history by clicking the maps. You can make your voice heard on the draft maps during a 30-day public comment period. You can view a  list of upcoming public hearings, fill out a public comment form, or register to speak at a virtual town hall here.

Submit a public comment directly to the IRC now advocating for a redistricting process that is accessible and transparent, is done with meaningful public input and that takes into account communities of interest and empowers them.


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The commission will hold a third listening tour for public comment on draft maps beginning Saturday, Nov. 6 and ending Saturday, Dec. 4. During this round of hearing, the public can submit comments about the maps in-person or online. Find the full list of hearing dates here. 

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