Impartial Research Group Praises Arizona’s New Political District Map Plans | Subscriber


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Generally speaking, much of what the card projects show is hardly surprising.

The fastest growing has been in Maricopa County, where the population has grown by more than 21% since the maps were last drawn. Pinal County posted a 30.5% increase.

In contrast, the counties of Cochise and Santa Cruz lost population. And Pima County grew by less than 9%, less than the statewide average of 12%.

So, to create districts of equal population and live within the number limits – 30 legislative districts and nine congressional districts – it means even more districts crammed into urban areas to meet the needs of the population. Conversely, it means large sprawling rural districts grouping together geographically diverse communities in the same district.

It is not only rural areas that are affected by uneven population growth around the state.

For example, the congressional map project divides Tucson into two districts. This is not unusual, as there is currently a similar division.

However, the proposed line is roughly north-south along I-10 and I-17, which contrasts with current maps, which include downtown Tucson and the University of Arizona in the half. Where is.

But to get the 794,500 people it needs, this proposed west-side district is designed to stretch from Tucson in the west to Yuma, then north to the western suburbs of Phoenix, Buckeye, Glendale and Goodyear. This potentially dilutes the votes and influences of those who live in the Tucson section of the district to elect the lawmakers of their choice.

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