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Redistricting In Arizona

Every ten years our entire country redraws their state legislature and U.S. congressional districts based on the results of the U.S. Census.

In Arizona, a critical swing state which will likely be gaining an additional congressional seat, the map making process is controlled by an Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC). The five members of the IRC are selected by the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments, which is made up of sixteen members who are appointed by the Governor.

The commission receives applications to serve on the IRC, reviews them, and then selects a total of ten Republicans, ten Democrats, and five Independents from the pool of applicants. From that group, the Speaker of the House, Senate President, House Minority Leader, and Senate Minority Leader each select one member of the IRC. Then, those four commission members select a chair from the pool of five Independents.

Commissioner Responsibilities

The 2020 Census will be completed by the fall of 2020, and data will be available to states in the spring of 2021.

Applications for the commission may be submitted beginning in August of 2020, and will be reviewed throughout the fall. The committee will be seated early 2021, and conduct hearings throughout 2021.

Commission members are not compensated, other than a per diem, and expected to commit between 20 and 30 hours per week.

Commissioner Qualifications

  1. You must be a registered voter
  2. Committed to upholding the law
  3. Since January of 2018, you cannot have:
    1. changed party affiliation
    2. held, or run for, public office
      1. including precinct committeeman, but not school board
    3. been an officer of a political party or a candidate’s campaign committee
    4. been a registered paid lobbyist

If you meet these qualifications, you must submit an application by the August deadline.

Submitting Maps

The IRC publishes a “Draft Map” in early 2022, which is open for public comment for 30 days. The legislature may also comment on the “Draft Map”, and make recommendations that the commission must consider.

After the comment period, the commission issues the final maps that Arizona will use for the next ten years.

Ready to serve?

As you can see, the IRC is an incredibly important and powerful commission that will have a major impact on Arizona’s political future.

It is critical that well qualified citizens of all parties apply to serve on the commission so that the pool of applicants is well rounded.

If you want to serve our state as an Independent Redistricting Commission member, we can help guide you through the process. If you know someone who you think might make a good commissioner, let us know.

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