Who has to Redistrict, and What Population Data to Use

By Tony Sissons, Research Advisory Services, Inc., Phoenix, for The Arizona Guardian

The once-a-decade process of redrawing election district boundaries to restore population equality after the Census involves elected officials, jurisdiction staff, the public, interest groups, and sometimes participants from other levels of government. For most local governments, the active part of the process takes at least four months – longer for larger jurisdictions – and the required review by the U. S. Department of Justice under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act adds two to four months (or longer).
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