Up until now I have intentionally not commented on the actions of the Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) hoping they would follow their constitutionally mandated duty of providing fair maps in an independent and transparent manner. Unfortunately this has not happened. The spirit of the voters’ intent in developing fair and independent maps has been hijacked.
The draft map adopted by three commissioners of the IRC fails to meet the standards set forth in the Arizona Constitution.
Further, the process has been flawed. Commissioners voted on this map without even looking at the data or the map they voted on. The "we need to vote on it so we can see what’s in it" approach didn’t work for Obamacare. Neither will it work for the Congressional and Legislative District maps all Arizonans will have to live with for the next ten years.
For Arizonans to have confidence in the constitutionality of the maps, we must be assured the Commission adheres to all of the necessary criteria and is conducted in an open and transparent process so we know the rationale behind the maps and the data that drives it.
I hope the Commission listens to the concerns of the entire public during this thirty-day comment period, especially those in rural Arizona.
The Arizona House of Representatives will defend our citizens against efforts to gerrymander votes by hijacking the process.