The next meeting of the Independent Redistricting Commission is April 6 at 9:00 am. It is expected to last well over four hours.
Submit public comments: https://forms.gle/frUZyE8efrcRUsKZ9
(The link will be activated at about 9:10 am and remain open until just before the meeting ends.)
Note: This will be Brian Schmitt’s first meeting as Executive Director.
Main agenda items:
- Four law firms will be interviewed:
- Ballard Spahr
- Osborn Maledon
- Snell & Wilmer
The first two lean Democratic; the last two lean Republican.
- Discussion and Possible Action on securing Mapping Consultant support
- Presentation from ADOA/SPO on procurement process for Mapping Consultant.
- Scoring and Evaluation of Mapping Consultant RFP
Please submit public comments in your own voice that encourage the IRC to continue the practice of contracting two law firms to provide balanced, fair legal counsel to the Commission.
- Having two law firms that can work together – one Democrat and one Republican – will build public trust in our redistricting process and prevent the process from being dominated by one side.
- Two firms with different political leanings can provide oversight of the Commission and each other and prevent map manipulation.
- Having a Democrat firm and a Republican firm will ensure the Commission has a diversity of expert perspectives and opinions to consider. This is good for the mapping process and will support the Commission’s work if legally challenged.
Public comments are now posted after each meeting and can be viewed at https://irc.az.gov/public-meetings