The Law of Redistricting – Competitive Districts and the Voting Rights Act

By Tony Sissons, Research Advisory Services, Inc., Phoenix and Bruce Adelson, Federal Compliance Consulting, LLC, Maryland, for the Arizona Capitol Times

Arizona’s legislative districts map received its final OK from the Arizona Supreme Court in May, 2009 – eight years after the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission started the mapping process. The Supreme Court decided primarily in the Commission’s favor, citing some procedural errors, but declining to order a new map. Recent news articles, including an analysis in the Arizona Capitol Times, have speculated about the ruling’s effect on the work of the next redistricting commission.
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