HCR 2026

Background and Procedural Information

Republican Representative Jonathan Patton introduced House Concurrent Resolution 2026 on January 17, 2008.  The bill attempts to change Arizona’s five-person independent redistricting commission into an elected body where each U.S. Congressional district elects one commissioner.  The Arizona House of Representatives passed the Resolution on March 26, 2008.  As of July 21, 2008 it failed to pass out of the Senate Committee on Appropriations.   

Under the proposed legislation, are single-member districts a requirement or otherwise implied?

Partially.  The bill requires that there will be 30 legislative districts that each containing one Senator and two Representatives.    

Does the proposed legislation provide for Voting Rights Act compliance (e.g. can the commission use voter history information)?

Yes.  H.C.R. 2026 lists six priorities in order of importance that commissioners should use to develop districts.  The second most important priority is compliance with the U.S. Constitution and the Voting Rights Act.  Party registration and voting history data are to be excluded from the initial phase of the mapping process but may be used to test maps for compliance with the above goals. The places of residence of incumbents or candidates will not be identified or considered. 

Under the proposed legislation, how is the commission formed?

Each U.S. Congressional district will elect one commissioner in years ending in zero.  There are no restrictions on the party affiliation of the commissioners.

Under the proposed legislation, are competitive districts favored?

H.C.R. 2026 lists six priorities in order of importance that commissioners should use to develop districts.  The sixth priority is for competitive districts.  Competitive districts should be used only when they do not interfere with the other five goals.  

Under the proposed legislation, can members of the public submit plans?

No.  The independent redistricting commission will advertise a draft map of congressional districts and a draft map of legislative districts to the public for comment.  The public can then comment for make a comment for 30 days.  

Does the proposed legislation allow for mid-decade redistricting?

Yes.  Mid-decade redistricting is not mentioned, but there are no restrictions preventing it from being used.  

November 19th 2005
Redistricting reform: How best to tackle ultra-safe districts
Sacramento Bee

FairVote's Rob Richie argues in commentary running in several newspapers that redistricting reformers must challenge winner-take-all elections.

November 16th 2005
In Canada, regular folks are put to work on reforms
San Jose Mercury News

Steven Hill prescribes a citizens assembly as a solution for achieving consensus on redistricting reform in California.

November 15th 2005
Citizens Must Drive Electoral Reform
Roll Call

Heather Gerken of Harvard Law suggests a citizens assembly as one means to achieve redistricting reform and buy-in from voters.

November 13th 2005
ARNOLD AGONIZES: How the election changed the governor -- and California
San Francisco Chronicle

Article discussing the recent failure of redistricting reform in California and the potential solution in letting the citizens decide through a Citizens Assembly on Election Reform.

November 13th 2005
Arnold had the right idea about redistricting
The Herald News

The Herald News cites Fairvote with commentary about the dangers of Gerrmandering and redistricting obstacles.

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