AZ redistricting maps take shape…out of public view

Arizona politicos are keenly attuned to the latest and likely final maps, which will determine the state’s partisan and demographic makeup in congress and the state legislature for the next decade. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission members (read their bios), have reportedly heard from the public at statewide meetings and town halls. What they heard and how well they listened is unspecified.

FiveThirtyEight supplies overviews of each state on the left side of this Arizona page updated Dec. 19, 2021, though the focus for SRAZ readers is definitely Arizona. There is a lot riding on how the districts are configured. Placing your cursor over each proposed district provides the name and party of the incumbent congressional officeholder and the partisan leaning of the district. It’s obvious, for example, that Arizona’s Congressional District 2 is outsized to give Republican-turned-democrat (making the switch in 2014), incumbent Tom O’Halleran a boost in a Republican majority district. The map still shows democrat Ann Kirkpatrick as a candidate, though she is resigning after this term, having fallen and sustained injuries while intoxicated, causing her to go into alcohol rehab.

The Princeton Gerrymandering Project report card — yes, that’s actually its name — gives Arizona’s congressional map an A overall and in partisan fairness, with Cs in competitiveness and geography.

We’ll know soon enough if those are fact-based grades or a political charade.

Ballotpedia, a non-partisan online political encyclopedia, provides an excellent overview of state-by-state redistricting procedures. It includes background information on federal requirements for congressional redistricting, state legislative redistricting, state-based requirements, redistricting methods used in all 50 states, gerrymandering, and recent court decisions.

Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission has put out this list of the Final Decision Meetings scheduled for December and available to the public online. One is taking place this morning Dec. 20. at 9:00 am, with two more scheduled for Tues. and Wed. It is topped with this message: “Details coming soon,” and disallows in-person commenting.

6 Responses to AZ redistricting maps take shape…out of public view

  1. East Valley Conservative says:

    I am unlikely to trust any political entity that labels itself “Independent.” Parties have partisan roots, which is both desirable and understandable, enabling voters to know what they‘re getting. Concealing them is a farce. I trust this commission as far as I can throw it.

  2. Not Fooled says:

    Isn’t it more than odd that the previous “Independent” Commission Chairman Colleen Mathis’ husband, Christopher Mathis, was just appointed to fill a democrat vacancy in the state legislature? Does anyone really believe she isn’t also a democrat partisan in disguise?

    • Seen It All says:

      When Colleen Mathis chaired the IRC Commission she selected Strategic Telemetry to work as the mapping consultant. It just happened to be the same company that worked as strategists on Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. How much more “Independent” could she be?

  3. Ajo Joe says:

    I remember when Arizona’s redistricting was a duty carried out by the state legislature. The legislators of both parties worked together to assure an equitable outcome. There are other states that continue to use this process, but democrats have gained a foothold by selling these commissions to the public as “independent,” which is definitely not the case.
    Beware of leftists in Independent clothing.

  4. Seeing Red AZ says:

    Joseph Bickley, Sr.,

    Thanks again for your editing suggestions. They have been implemented.

    Merry Christmas and we hope you’ll stay with us in the coming year(s)!

    Your grateful friends at Seeing Red AZ

    • Joseph Bickley, Sr. says:

      Your compliments are appreciated. And, yes, I hope to stay as long as SRA is viable, a class act on the local scene.

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