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Mathis To Helm Re-formed AIRC Tuesday

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Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission Chairman Collen Mathis.
With Colleen Mathis Back As Chairman, Independent Redistricting Commission Restarts Process


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Nov. 24, 2011 — The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission will begin tweaking their draft congressional and state legislative maps Tuesday, after a month of turmoil that saw the chairman removed from office by Gov. Brewer then reinstated by the state Supreme Court.

The 1:30 p.m. Tuesday meeting will be followed by a 4 p.m. meeting Wednesday, and a 1 p.m. meeting Thursday. All three meetings will be held in the Fiesta Ballroom at the Fiesta Resort, 2100 S. Priest Ave., Tempe.

On the agenda for Wednesday is reviewing recommendations from the legislature, governor, and a review of public comments received regarding the draft maps. Perhaps most importantly, however, will be a review of comments and discussion of concerns from county elections officials who are eagerly awaiting final maps in order to prepare for the 2012 elections. With the election less than 12 months away, incumbents and potential candidates are also in limbo.

In her only official statement since the governor fired her last month, Chairman Mathis said via press release earlier this week that it is her hope that finalized maps will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice — the group that OKs redistricting maps in all 50 states — by Christmas.

"I look forward to working again with my fellow commissioners," Mathis said. "I am hopeful that we can complete our mission before Christmas so that there is sufficient opportunity for the Department of Justice to approve the maps in time for state and county election officials to complete their duties before the 2012 primary and general elections."

The commission has also put on the agenda discussion with legal counsel regarding Mathis’ removal, as well as updates on the investigation into the alleged violation of open meeting laws. The commission is expected to discuss these legal matters in closed, executive session.

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