On Thursday, the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission is scheduled to hold its first public hearing in Coconino County. The Coconino County Democratic Party is excited to welcome the Commission to our County and encourages all residents to take part in this exciting, once-in-a-decade democratic process.
- NAU High Country Conference Center (HCCC)
- 201 W. Butler Ave.
- Flagstaff, AZ 86001
- 5PM MST
- Page City Hall
- 697 Vista Ave
- Page, AZ 86040
- 5PM MST
- Tuba City Chapter House
- 220 W. Main St.
- Tuba City, AZ 86045
- 6PM MDT
States must redraw their congressional and legislative maps every ten years. The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) was established by voters by the passage of Proposition106 in 2000. The maps drawn by this Commission will set the course for the next ten years of Arizona’s elections.
Prior to 2000, Arizona’s maps were redrawn by the Arizona legislature, in a highly politicized process that was largely conducted outside of the public’s view. By providing opportunities for Coconino residents to participate and gathering their input directly, this commission is upholding a key hallmark of Arizona’s independent redistricting process.
Coconino County Democratic Party Chair Ann Heitland released the following statement:
“The Coconino County Democrats thank the Independent Redistricting Commission for visiting some of the major cities and towns in the largest county of Arizona, the second largest in the lower 48. We thank the Commission for seeking the input of our diverse population, especially the Indigenous residents who make up nearly one-third of us. We look forward to attending and adding our voices in support of fair and competitive maps, and the protection of the voting power of Arizona’s communities of color.
“In 2000 Arizona voters overwhelmingly supported the creation of an independent commission to draw fair, competitive maps, end gerrymandering, and improve voter participation. By entrusting this task to five citizens, and not to politicians, Arizona has been able to buck the gerrymandering trend that has hindered fair representation and civic participation in so many other states. We thank these five commissioners for taking on this difficult task, vital to maintaining fair elections and our democracy.”Share this: