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Redistricting In Arizona

Arizona is one of only a few states that use an Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) to draw its congressional and legislative district maps.

Every ten years, the IRC redraws the district maps from scratch, based on data from the recently completed U.S. Census.

The Problem

Each time the maps are redrawn, the IRC’s actions have been the subject of extensive litigation that has had to be resolved by either the Arizona Supreme Court or the United States Supreme Court.

Further, there were concerns that the previous IRC drew maps that did not follow the Arizona constitution, and purposefully advantaged a specific group.

The Solution

Hold Arizona’s elected leaders and the IRC accountable!

FMA was founded to help ensure the IRC draws maps in 2021 that comply with the Arizona Constitution and are fair to all Arizonans.

FMA is dedicated to educating Arizonans about the IRC process and to encouraging participation in this vital process in maintaining our democracy.

Redistricting In Arizona

Arizona is one of only a few states that use an Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) to draw its Congressional and Legislative Maps.

Every ten years, the IRC redraws the maps from scratch based on data from the recently completed U.S. Census.

The Problem

Each time the maps are redrawn, the IRC’s actions have been the subject of extensive litigation that has had to be resolved by either the Arizona Supreme Court or the United States Supreme Court.

Further, each time there have been concerns that Arizona’s IRC drew maps that did not follow the Arizona constitution, and purposefully advantaged a specific group.

The Solution

Hold Arizona’s elected leaders and the IRC accountable!

FMA was founded to help ensure the IRC draws maps in 2021 that comply with the Arizona Constitution and are fair to all Arizonans.

FMA is dedicated to educating Arizonans about the IRC process and to encouraging participation in this vital process in maintaining our democracy. FMA’s volunteers are providing the necessary education to ensure the success of the 2021 IRC process.

Constitutional Requirements for Redistricting

The Arizona Constitution directs the IRC to use these criteria to create district maps:
Districts shall comply with the United States Constitution and the United States voting rights act;
Congressional districts shall have equal population to the extent practicable, and state legislative districts shall have equal population to the extent practicable;
Districts shall be geographically compact and contiguous to the extent practicable;
District boundaries shall respect communities of interest to the extent practicable;
To the extent practicable, district lines shall use visible geographic features, city, town and county boundaries, and undivided census tracts;
To the extent practicable, competitive districts should be favored where to do so would create no significant detriment to the other goals.

How You Can Help

FMA is dedicated to ensuring a fair and transparent process. We need you to assist in making sure this occurs.

Stay involved by becoming actively informed on the IRC’s activities and decisions. Advocate for communities of interest directly to the IRC and the other elected leaders that are involved in the process.

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Steve Gaynor

Founder

Jill Norgaard

Vice-President

Jay Wilson

Statewide Director
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