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Why Arizona May Not Get a 10th Congressional Seat
By Tony Sissons, Research Advisory Services, Inc., Phoenix, for The Arizona Guardian For the past five years, political consultants have been projecting that Arizona will pick up two additional congressional districts after the 2010 Census. Until a year ago, I agreed. Now, because of recent and continuing economic conditions, and the likelihood of a...

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The U.S. Department of Justice is Preparing to Review Your Redistricting Plans. What Are You Doing?
ASU Mercado Downtown Phoenix Campus Get the answers to myriad questions about redistricting from two nationally recognized experts. This seminar is designed for elected officials, attorneys, and staffs of all Arizona governments that elect their board or council members from districts or wards within their jurisdictions....

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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,...

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Compactness and Contiguity – the Antidotes to Gerrymandering
By Tony Sissons, Research Advisory Services, Inc., Phoenix, for The Arizona Guardian So, what is a gerrymander? If you consult the blogosphere, you’re sure to deduce that it is any proposed boundary line on a political map that makes an incumbent feel that he or she has been disadvantaged. Regardless of the shape of the district, any geographic slight can prompt...

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Redistricting: Communities of Interest – How They Are Defined, Used and Sometimes Misused in Drawing Districts
By Tony Sissons, Research Advisory Services, Inc., Phoenix Methods for conducting the 2020 Census are being tested in a couple of large jurisdictions.  Can the next round of redistricting be that far away? This is a good time to start a review of election district ‘design criteria’. There are some differences between state‐level redistricting...

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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...

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Arizona Redistricting Predictions: Rural Areas Might Lose Seats
By Jeremy Duda, Arizona Capitol Times Other districts across the state were largely stagnant, adding just a few thousand names or fewer since 2004. District 14 in central Phoenix added just 40 new names to its voter rolls during that period....

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