Redistricting Illustration

Arizona’s flag is chopped up like a jigsaw puzzle to illustrate the redistricting process.

FLORENCE — The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission will meet to obtain public input from 5-7 p.m. July 23 at the Second Pinal County Courthouse, 135 N. Pinal St.

The meeting will also be livestreamed and can be viewed at Maricopa Public Library, 18160 N. Maya Angelou Drive, and Superior Town Hall, 199 N. Lobb Ave.

The commission is responsible for establishing legislative and congressional district lines after each decennial U.S. Census. Residents may give input and learn about the process at the July 23 meeting.

A new AZ IRC was appointed in January. Lines are redrawn so that districts are of very nearly equal population as required by the Arizona and United States constitutions.

Other factors to be considered are the federal Voting Rights Act, district shape, geographical features, respect for communities of interest and potential competitiveness. The state Constitution requires the commissioners — two Republicans, two Democrats and an independent chairperson — to start from scratch rather than redraw existing districts, according to the AZ IRC website.

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Mark Cowling is the county reporter for PinalCentral and covers the town of Florence, San Tan Valley and the surrounding area. He can be reached at mcowling@pinalcentral.com.