Organized by Arkansas Fair & Equitable Mapping Awareness, Planning & Action Team in AR
Arkansas Fair & Equitable Mapping Awareness, Planning & Action Team
This organization has partnered with Representable to allow people to draw communities of interest and share information about the interests and needs in those communities.
Making this information available encourages mapmakers to take these communities into account during redistricting, in order to avoid gerrymandering and the “packing and cracking” of marginalized groups.
In Arkansas, maps are drawn by an Apportionment Board consisting of the Governor, the Attorney General, and the Secretary of State.
In addition to the federal requirements of one person, one vote and the Voting Rights Act, Arkansas’ state constitution requires that state Senate districts:
The Apportionment Board lists other criteria to consider, though they are not required by law. These include:
In the redistricting process, your state considers communities of interest (COIs). A community of interest is a population in a specific geographical area that shares common economic, social, cultural, ethnic, religious, or even political interests. Add your community to contribute your voice to the redistricting process.