Arizona

Mar 31, 2014 12:23 AM by Associated Press

Politics surround Arizona's redistricting process

Arizonans tired of the politics surrounding the once-a-decade legislative and congressional redistricting process voted to pull the job from the Legislature in 2000 and give it to an independent commission.

But getting politics out of the high-stakes game has proven difficult.

An Associated Press analysis of the vote total in the nation's 435 congressional districts shows how the Republican Party was able to build a large edge in the U.S. House.

In Arizona, the process is handled by the independent commission created by Proposition 106.

Arizona's first crack at the effort of reshaping the district boundaries under the new system led to a decade-long, but ultimately unsuccessful, lawsuit filed by Democrats who said the five-member commission didn't make enough of the districts competitive. Another fight erupted after the 2010 Census.

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