Action On Implementing Redistricting Process Postponed

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Gila County Board of Supervisors will wait another month before they start moving toward redistricting.

At the Dec. 14 meeting the supervisors were to adopt a resolution to establish guidelines for the selection of a citizens redistricting committee.

The proposed resolution calls for the committee to be seated by Feb. 28.

Linda Eastlick, with the county elections department, asked the board to postpone acting on the resolution so the guidelines can be refined to not only establish the committee’s duties and responsibilities, but to also clearly state it is an advisory committee and how the county will go about creating the application process for citizens who wish to serve.

The board agreed to postpone the matter until Tuesday, Jan. 18. According to state law, redistricting in counties may be done at any time, but it must be done following the completion of the federal census.

Once established, the redistricting committee — working with the county elections department, the supervisors and the county’s consultants — will obtain public input, hold public hearings and review alternative redistricting plans.

The supervisor districts must have equal populations (with not more than 10 percent difference) and special voting groups cannot be diluted. District One Supervisor Tommie Martin explained in Gila County that means not diluting the voter base on the San Carlos Reservation or the Hispanic population in the southern part of the county.

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