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MAPPING AMERICA One community at a time.
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Your Community

by identifying shared interests and community needs.

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Draw a
Community Map

by choosing units that make up your community.

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Your Map

as public input for map makers to use when drawing new voting districts.

Arkansas Fair & Equitable Mapping Awareness, Planning & Action Team

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: 

  • be contiguous 
  • keep counties whole 

The Apportionment Board lists other criteria to consider, though they are not required by law. These include: 

  • compactness
  • maintaining the core of existing districts
  • respecting communities of interest
  • continuity of representation (avoiding pairing incumbents)

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.

See community maps drawn in Arkansas