If given the task, would you be able to redistrict Arizona to create at least 10 out of 30 competitive legislative districts, while protecting the voting rights of Arizona citizens? That is exactly what the League of Women Voters, as a member of the Arizona Competitive Districts Coalition (ACDC) asked the community to do.
The ACDC, a non-partisan and nonprofit coalition of organizations that works toward increasing the number of competitive districts in Arizona within their given restrictions, held a contest asking individuals to create their own legislative and congressional district maps.
The contest, under the direction of Dr. Barbara Klein of the LWV of Arizona, was successful in collecting various options for redistricting Arizona while upholding Proposition 106, the U.S. Constitution, and the U.S. Voting Rights Act. Participants were also encouraged to keep communities together and use geographic features as boundaries when possible.
The contest was judged by a bi-partisan committee, including one Republican, one Democrat, and one Independent. Two winners were awarded in two categories. The Best Congressional Maps category was won by Glenn Jacques of Phoenix and Stuart Wright of Ohio, with honorable mention going to Marcia Busching. The Best Legislative Maps category was won by Sam Almy of Tucson and Glenn Jacques of Phoenix, with honorable mention going to Stuart Wright of Ohio.
“We believe that we can protect voting rights [through redistricting],” stated the ACDC.
The ACDC encourages people to stay involved even though the competition has ended. Congratulations to the winners and all participants! Visit azredistricting.com for more information.