Gerrymandering refers to the drawing of legislative district boundaries to benefit a particular group – which is often a political party. In 2010, Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission gerrymandered the state’s 9th Congressional District lines to benefit the Democratic Party. The district does not conform to the Arizona State Constitution. The district lines cut through five separate cities and do not take into account communities of interest. The district has, however, elected a Democrat every election since it was created.
Fair Maps Arizona is working to hold the current Independent Redistricting Commission accountable, and prevent gerrymandering when they redraw the state’s legislative and congressional maps this year. Visit their website www.fairmapsarizona.org today to learn more about how you can help.
The opinions of Fair Maps are not necessarily the views of the MCRC.