Redistricting Debate Continues Friday

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The debate over supervisor redistricting plans continues Friday in Globe with a redistricting committee workshop that is open to the public.

According to Beverly Hawkins, assistant elections director, input forms submitted following the redistricting information meeting held at the Inn of Payson Sept. 6 will be reviewed at the workshop, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Gila County Courthouse. Federal law requires the county to reapportion its electoral districts based on the 2000 census.

Besides the three plans originally selected by the committee as finalists, "the committee will (also) be reviewing the fourth plan submitted later and any others that have come in," Hawkins said.

During the workshop, the committee hopes to finalize the draft it will submit to the Board of Supervisors sometime in October. The committee might recommend a single plan, but more likely will offer the supervisors a choice, Hawkins said.

While federal law requires the supervisors to select a final plan by Dec. 1, the current timetable calls for a selection to be made and submitted for approval to the U.S. Department of Justice by November.

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