Sen. Steve Gallardo is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to intervene to protect minority voting rights and prevent the removal of Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission members.Read More »
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James Huntwork, a Republican who served on the original Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, said his successors are not properly drawing legislative and congressional maps based on constitutional criteria.Read More »
The Arizona Supreme Court will decide Oct. 25 whether to hear cases involving city council elections in Tucson and a southern Arizona Indian tribe’s desire to build a casino near Glendale’s sports and entertainment area.Read More »
Attorney General Tom Horne’s Voting Rights Act lawsuit may spur a wave of retaliatory civil suits, but experts say those who are likely to sue would have a difficult time convincing a judge they’ve been wronged.Read More »
The chairman of the Hopi Tribe says it makes sense to place its reservation in the same congressional and legislative districts as the larger Navajo Reservation that surrounds it.Read More »
Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett says Attorney General Tom Horne should have consulted with him before filing a lawsuit against the preclearance provision of the Voting Rights Act.Read More »
Attorney General Tom Horne filed a federal lawsuit aimed at overturning a provision in the Voting Rights Act requiring Arizona and several other states to get all election changes approved by the U.S. Department of Justice before they can be implemented.Read More »
Minority legislators today sent one loud message to the Independent Redistricting Commission: Keep their communities together in redrawing Arizona’s next legislative boundaries.Read More »
Republicans have railed against the Independent Redistricting Commission, saying it intends to draw political lines that turn the state over to Democrats.
But the combination of constitutional requirements, federal regulations and voter registration numbers make for a reality that is far different from any tea partier’s nightmare scenario.
A former Justice Department official says Arizona's eventual new maps of congressional and legislative districts will face vigorous reviews for compliance with a federal law that protects minorities' voting rights.Read More »