Tucson, Arizona 2021-10-11 19:45:00 –
In a broad general sense, much of what the draft map shows is not a real surprise.
The fastest growing county is Maricopa County, which has grown by more than 21% since its last map. Pinal County recorded an increase of 30.5%.
In contrast, Cochise and Santa Cruz counties have lost their population. In addition, Pima County’s growth rate was less than 9%, below the state-wide average of less than 12%.
Therefore, creating districts with equal population and living within that number (30 legislative districts and 9 parliamentary districts) means that more districts will be packed into urban areas to meet population requirements. .. Conversely, it means a large and vast rural area with geographically diverse communities in the same area.
Rural areas are not the only areas affected by unequal population growth around the state.
For example, the Parliamentary Map Draft divides Tucson into two districts. This is not uncommon, as there are now similar divisions.
However, the proposed line is approximately north-south along I-10 and I-17, in contrast to current maps that include downtown Tucson and the western half of the University of Arizona.
However, to obtain the required 794,500 inhabitants, the proposed western district is depicted ranging from Tucson to Yuma in the west, and backeye, Glendale, and Goodyear on the outskirts of Phoenix in the north. .. It potentially weakens the voting and influence of people living in the district’s Tucson section and elects members of their choice.
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