ARIZONA REDISTRICTING

UPDATE NOV 14, 2021

LAST CALL! Redistricting Call to Action, Tuesday November 16th in Cottonwood

At 6:00 pm in Cottonwood, we will have a public hearing on the proposed draft maps.  The hearing will be held at the Cottonwood Community Club House located at 805 N Main Street, Cottonwood, AZ 86326.  

The Democrats will be out in force to push the proposed LD map by the Coconino County Supervisors and emphasize that Sedona and the Verde Valley should be aligned with Flagstaff.  If you live in Sedona, Village of Oak Creek, or the Verde Valley communities, make your voice heard with a testimony on the 16th or in Prescott Valley on the 20th or you will end up in the same district as Flagstaff.  Click the link below for all remaining hearings:

Draft Map Hearings (November – December) | Independent Redistricting Commission

We also want you to make an online comment which will be live only during the meeting Here for LD Maps and Here for CD Maps.  Note that it appears that you can make a comment now.
Also, you can make online web comments anytime.  
Contact Us | Independent Redistricting Commission

Click here for the Cottonwood meeting via Webex if you cannot attend in person

UPDATE OCTOBER 28, 2021

Official Draft Maps released by the IRC

by Fair Maps Arizona in News. Posted October 28, 2021

Today the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission voted to approve the next round of legislative and congressional draft maps. (The approved LD map SPLITS SEDONA IN HALF along County Lines. That is major issue for Sedona residents and businesses if not resolved. We want to stay as one Sedona/VOC community with Yavapai)

These drafts are not the final maps, and with your help, the final maps will look very different. But we need you to testify!

The commission will be holding public hearings in November. You have the opportunity to influence these draft maps at the public hearings. Your testimony will directly impact what the final maps look like.

As you may already know, we have been working on completing our own state legislative and congressional maps. We have drawn these maps after getting input from thousands of Arizonans and listening to public hearing testimony.

Now that we have official draft maps from the commission, we can compare and contrast those with our own maps. That comparison will provide a strong foundation for your testimony at the November hearings.

You will be able to tell the commission exactly what the draft maps got right and what they got wrong.

These hearings are our last chance. After the commission approves final maps in December, those will be the maps Arizona use for the next ten years.

Sign up to testify today at fairmapsarizona.org/testify. If you have already signed up, we will follow up with you when hearing dates and locations have been published.

Please encourage your friends and family who care about this issue to sign up today. We need as many people as possible to testify and help us get fair maps.

August

• Census data released and processed

September

• Grid Map” drawn and adopted

September through October

• Develop possible draft maps and adopt official draft map

October to November

• Minimum 30-day public comment period on draft map
December

• Project end — revise draft map and adopt final plan

Speak Up on AZ Redistricting

You can find all current information on Arizona Redistricting at the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission website. If you wish to follow the public meeting, and make comments, you can follow this link to the Public Meetings Schedule. You can see the agenda, get the links to YouTube recordings of the meetings, and most important, get a link to submit public comments and see all the public comments submitted so far. We urge you to become familiar with this important AZ Constitutional requirement.

Once the proposed Maps are provided for public review and comment, we will share them here. Check back often for important updates and dates.

It is critical that the public be educated and comment/speak on Arizona Redistricting before it is finalized. The calendar for Public Hearings has been scheduled. A decision will be made after Public Hearings.

BACKGROUND

Arizona is one of only a few states that use an Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) to draw its congressional and legislative district maps. Arizona Redistricting occurs every ten years. The Arizona IRC redraws the district maps, including the State Legislative Districts and U.S. Congressional Districts from scratch, based on data from the recently completed 2020 U.S. Census.

This year, the Arizona IRC hired professional mapping consultants, Timmons Group and National Demographics Corporation, in May 2021 for this project.

The proposed maps are presented for review and public comment before finalizing. The 2011 Arizona Redistricting placed Sedona and VOC in Legislative District 6 and Congressional District 1. You can download the 2011 maps here.

The Problem

Each time the maps are redrawn, the IRC’s actions have been the subject of extensive litigation that has had to be resolved by either the Arizona Supreme Court or the United States Supreme Court. Further, there were concerns that the previous IRC drew maps that did not follow the Arizona constitution, and purposefully advantaged a specific group.

Fair Maps Arizona, non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring a fair and transparent process, describes the problem and solution that occurred in 2011 and it must not happen again in 2021! For example, in 2011, Arizona went from 5 Republican and 3 Democrat Districts to 5 Democrat and 4 Republican Districts.

Arizona Redistricting

The Solution

The solution is that we MUST hold Arizona’s elected leaders and the IRC accountable! Fair Maps Arizona was founded to help ensure the IRC draws maps in 2021 that comply with the Arizona Constitution and are fair to all Arizonans.

It is critical that the public be educated and comment/speak on the redistricting before it is finalized.

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