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Redistricting commission to review grid maps

Members of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission discuss their upcoming mapping schedule. (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

Arizona’s redistricting commission plans Thursday to begin work on proposed new congressional and legislative district maps for use in elections in the coming decade.

The commission during a meeting in Casa Grande will review so-called grid maps based on only two of the constitutionally required criteria — equal population and compactness of the districts.

The heavy lifting for the five commissioners begins when they start providing the panel’s mapping consultants with directions for changes to account for other required redistricting criteria.

Those include trying to follow local government boundaries, respect as-yet-undefined communities of interest, protect minority voting rights and create districts winnable by both major parties.

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