Redistricting Changed All Voting Districts

Jan 1, 2023 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

Redistricting is the redrawing of a state’s legislative and congressional districts. The U.S. Constitution requires that all states redraw their electoral maps every 10 years following the U.S. Census so that districts are of nearly equal population. States gain and lose population, which affects the number of congressional representatives each state has. Also, population shifts within states change the size of both the congressional and state legislative districts. Each state chooses its own method of redistricting. In Arizona new maps are drawn by an Independent Redistricting Commission.

What Is The Independent Redistricting Commission? (IRC)

The IRC is a five-member commission that is responsible for redrawing our congressional and legislative maps. The IRC was created in 2000 when voters approved Proposition 106 which removed responsibility for redistricting from the State Legislature in order to end gerrymandering. Gerrymandering is the practice of drawing boundaries that benefit politicians in office instead of the people of Arizona. Prop. 106 became part of the Arizona Constitution.

The State Legislature attempted to retain control of the power to draw its own maps by challenging the IRC’s authority in the courts. This was rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015. The Court’s decision intact the IRC’s full authority intact.

Find Your New Districts

Every voter was sent a new Voter Identification Card in 2022. It shows your new district numbers. If you did not get one, or would like a replacement, contact the Pima County Recorder’s Office at 520-724-4330.

You can look up what districts you are in using the Recorder’s Precinct/District Search Tool. You will be asked for your address. The tool is picky about how an address is entered. For example it will only take N, not North or Ave, not Avenue and it doesn’t like periods or commas. If it says “that address is not on file” don’t be alarmed. Try again with a different abbreviations. It will work eventually.  Click here to find you districts…

To see an interactive map of all the Pima County voting districts, click here…