Arizona Eagletarian

Arizona Eagletarian

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Redistricting -- Proposed Grid Maps posted UPDATED

This morning, the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission posted two sets of proposed Grid Maps for consideration. Ray Bladine told me this afternoon that explanation and a likely vote on which set to adopt will be put on the agenda for Wednesday's Thursday's meeting, tentatively scheduled for Casa Grande. [UPDATE: AIRC indicated more detailed Grid Maps will be posted on Monday]

Notice went out this morning for the Wednesday business meeting which, besides opening with retired US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor addressing the Commission, includes discussion and possible action on procurement of online services; briefing on Open Meeting law; mapping definitions; second round public hearing issues; approval of minutes from prior meetings and more.

So far, meetings are already scheduled for Monday in Casa Grande and Wednesday at the Phoenix City Council Chambers. The AIRC plans to hold meetings Thursday and several days after that.  As soon as I have more details, I'll let you know.


This morning, I spoke at a meeting of Northern Pinal Democrats in Gold Canyon to provide an update on legislative and Congressional redistricting.  I met several wonderful people.  Thanks to Dave Coward for the invitation.  Pinal County Supervisor Bryan Martyn provided an update on county supervisorial redistricting.


  1. Steve... First of all, thanks for the update Saturday morning! It was quite an education and I especially liked the side discussion with Rep Martyn. Also, looked at these grid maps and they make no sense at all to me, but do they offer a fair representation?

  2. Thanks Jon,

    I expect more detailed Grid Maps to be posted on the AIRC website tomorrow (Monday) sometime.

    It's important to note, however, that the ONLY function these maps serve is as a starting point for development of the DRAFT maps which will take another several weeks.

    With the map detail expected tomorrow, we should be able to tell what the boundaries for each district on these two sets of potential starting points will be.

    The Commission will be open to citizen input on which, if either, people prefer as a STARTING place.

    The actual districts we will be voting in next year will NOT look like either of these.

    Also, the ONLY criteria these maps fulfill is equal population and contiguousness. There will be numerous adjustments for communities of interest, Voting Rights Act considerations and competitiveness.