What everyday Arizonans are telling us about politics and the maps that influence them

Opinion: The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission is preparing for the consequential next step of drawing draft maps. The public’s help is crucial./Photo:Cheryl Evans / AZR-D

By Erika Neuberg | /Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission/The Arizona Republic

The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission is responsible for drawing political district boundaries that serve as election maps for state legislative and congressional offices.

I am the independent, politically unaffiliated chair of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. My colleagues and I are tasked with redrawing Arizona’s congressional and state legislative district lines, a process that occurs every 10 years.

The commission has been hard at work preparing for the consequential next step of drawing draft maps.

We have built a talented and diverse staff with deep state knowledge. The staffers include ones who are proficient in Spanish and other languages so we could reach out to our diverse communities.

We have gathered academics, demographers, legal consultants, mapping consultants and others who have seamlessly collaborated to advise us on meeting our obligations under the U.S. and Arizona constitutions.

We’ve been doing a lot of listening.

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