Independent Redistrcting Commission

An effort by Arizona voters to take politics out of the once-a-decade process of redrawing the political lines for U.S. House seats appears to have largely succeeded, based on an analysis of district inequities across the nation.

Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press

Voters who sued the commission that re-drew Arizona's congressional and legislative district maps won't appeal a ruling throwing out their case.

NBC News

A unanimous Supreme Court says an Arizona commission did not violate the principle of one person, one vote when it redrew the state's legislative districts in a way that created some with more residents than others and improved the prospects for Democrats.

 

The justices on Wednesday rejected a challenge from a group of Republican voters who claimed the state's Independent Redistricting Commission illegally packed GOP voters into some districts while leaving other Democratic-leaning districts with smaller populations.

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a lawsuit challenging how state legislative districts were drawn in Arizona in December.

The high court on Monday also has scheduled a voting rights case from Texas on the same day, Dec. 8.

Eleven Republican voters sued Arizona's Independent Redistricting Commission after new legislative maps were adopted in 2012. They claimed Republican voters were illegally shifted from some districts to make them more likely to elect Democrats to the state Legislature on the premise of complying with the federal Voting Rights Act.

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Arizona Redistricting Case

Oct 2, 2014
The Arizona Republic

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed this morning to consider who can legally draw the state’s congressional districts. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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