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AIRC approves congressional, legislative maps

Marana, Oro Valley and SaddleBrooke stretches to Utah border

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Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 10:41 am

The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission adopted the tentative congressional, and legislative maps Tuesday night in a 3-2 vote for each.

In the vote to approve the congressional map, Chairwoman Colleen Mathis voted yes, along with Vice Chairman Jose Herrera and Commissioner Linda McNulty.

Vice Chairman Scott Freeman and Commissioner Richard Stertz voted against the proposed congressional district boundaries.

The legislative map was approved by Mathis, McNulty and Stertz, but rejected by Freeman and Herrera.

"This is a significant step toward fulfilling our mission," said Mathis. "We've spent four weeks improving the draft maps, incorporating many of the suggestions we received during our second round of public hearings, as well as comments submitted to us in writing. We worked very hard to reach consensus on the map where possible, and it was also our consensus that it was time to move the process along."

In moving the process along, the commission still didn't address concerns raised by residents and officials from both Oro Valley and Marana.

During the public hearing process, Marana Mayor Ed Honea objected to the town being split into two different areas, because it would not be continuous.

The way the approved maps are drawn, SaddleBrooke, Marana and Oro Valley are part of a district that extends to Camp Verde and Sedona, through Flagstaff and up to the Utah border.

While the maps have been approved, the process is not yet finished.

According to counsel Mary O'Grady, the panel will have to vote on the maps again after receiving legal and technical analyses. The commission's lawyers and staff then must prepare the state's submission to the Department of Justice for its approval as mandated under the federal Voting Rights Act.



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