Supreme Court Upholds Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission

Supreme Court Upholds Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission

In this Nov. 4, 2014 file photo a voter  marks her ballot at in Brooklyn, Iowa. Voting rights advocates say a proposed rule that would allow Iowans to register to vote online would exclude anyone without a driver’s license or state-issued ID and must be fixed. A public hearing is scheduled for Dec. 30. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
 (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

Samantha Lachman, HUFFINGTON POST

 
WASHINGTON (Huffington Post) — The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Monday that a voter-approved independent redistricting commission in Arizona is constitutional. The conservative wing of the court was in the minority.

In response to complaints that the state legislature was engaging in partisan gerrymandering of congressional districts, Arizona voters approved an independent commission to draw district lines in a 2000 ballot initiative. The commission has two Republicans and two Democrats, who legislative leaders choose from a list composed by the state’s Commission on Appellate Court Appointments, in addition to a chairman who may not be a member of either party.

Republican legislators sued after the 2012 election, arguing that they shouldn’t be completely cut out of the district-drawing process.

 

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