Deborah Howard talks redistricting at BMD&F meeting

Deborah Howard, statewide redistricting liaison for CD 8 Indivisible spoke at the Black Mountain Dems and Friends monthly meeting yesterday. She urged the group, families and friends to weigh in on the Independent Redistricting Commission's proposed draft maps. Both the 9 CD and 30 LD district maps are going through more changes this week as the Commission meets daily and finalizes maps for the Oct. 21 deadline. It is important to submit comments and/or maps through the IRC website, now, while they are deliberating on district borders. (See links below) Once the draft maps are approved, the public will be invited to provide further comments on the approved draft maps until November 15. Our impact on the process depends on the IRC hearing from more Democratic voices as Republicans have been aggressively submitting both maps and comments..

Comments should follow these themes:

At the macro level,

—emphasize the importance of drawing maps that are politically competitive

—encourage respect for rural voices)

—insist that the maps follow the edicts of the Voting Rights Act

At the micro level, provide maps or comments describing district boundaries that reflect:

—reflect your community of interest

—recognize geographic, city or schools district boundaries that are important to you

Essential links: (for providing comments to the IRC) (email to send attachments along with comments) (the go-to place for all useful redistricting tools and links)

Twitter: @redistrictAZ

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Tom Sonandres of Cave Creek presented maps he drew which provided enhanced competitiveness for our Congressional and Legislative districts. These will be available for us to review, comment and promote to the IRC soon. Stay tuned.