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Don Ascoli said, “We’ve worked very hard to do things as a county and these maps split us up.”

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Redistricting maps get no love

Legislative maps draw criticism

The Independent Redistricting Commission’s proposed congressional and state legislative maps that fragment Gila County among multiple districts drew almost universal condemnation Wednesday during a hearing in Payson. Driven by the need to protect the clout of Hispanic and Native American voters, the commission’s proposed map would split the 50,000 Gila County residents among three different state legislative districts and two different congressional districts. Voters established the independent commission in 2000 to prevent the party in power from gerrymandering district lines to benefit one party over another.

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