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Redistricting commission cancels two meetings

Commission chair Colleen Mathis, middle, pours over possible congressional redistricting maps as she is flanked by commissioners Linda McNulty, left, and commission vice chair, Scott Freeman during an Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission meeting Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The state redistricting commission is scrambling its meeting schedule due to members’ scheduling conflicts as the panel tries to settle on final maps for new congressional and legislative districts before Christmas.

The commission on Monday canceled meetings previously scheduled for Tuesday and Saturday and it added one for Friday while keeping one previously scheduled for Thursday.

Commission Chair Colleen Mathis has said she hopes final maps can be approved by Christmas, but it’s not clear if the commission will do that.

Mathis says it now appears that next Monday is the only day next week that the commission can meet.

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