The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission invites residents to participate in its first round of statewide public hearings beginning July 23 and continuing through Aug. 9.
Information will be presented both in person and virtually about the redrawing of Arizona’s congressional and legislative districts, according to a release.
Meetings in Maricopa County include:
Public comment received during these meetings will be used by the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission to help inform the drawing of new district boundaries. Commission Chair Erika Neuberg urges all Arizonans to attend one of these important hearings to ensure their voices will be heard.
Over the next few months the commission will be making decisions about Arizonans’ future voting districts. Voting districts determine what district a resident will vote in for representation in the U.S. Congress and the Arizona State Legislature. Redistricting is necessary as it takes into account any population changes from the last ten years and creates districts of equal population.
Arizona voters passed Proposition 106 in the 2000 General Election, amending the Arizona Constitution to create a five-member commission to redraw congressional and legislative district boundaries based upon census data. The IRC is made up of two Democrats, two Republicans and an independent chair elected by the other commissioners. The chair must not be a member of either party already represented on the commission. Proposition 106 replaced the old process in which the State Legislature established the districts.
One of the goals of the IRC public hearings is to solicit public input about communities of interest. There are forms available at the public hearings, and on the IRC website that can be used to define an area that you feel should be considered a community of interest.
Anyone with a disability may request reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting Valerie Neumann at email@example.com. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.
For more information about the Independent Redistricting Commission or to submit electronic comments, go to https://irc.az.gov/