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Arizona submits congressional map to US for review

A federal review of Arizona’s map of new congressional districts for compliance with the Voting Rights Act is about to start.

The Independent Redistricting Commission says its submission of the map and supporting documentation will start a 60-day period for the Justice Department to either approve or reject the map or request more information.

The Voting Rights Act protects minorities’ voting rights.

The commission says its staff now will focus on preparing the equivalent submission for the state’s new legislative districts. That map will be the subject of its own Department of Justice review.

The Arizona commission approved both maps in January following dozens of public hearings and months of controversy.

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