PHOENIX – Arizona’s transparent, accessible redistricting process is now under attack. The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments (CACA) is in charge of selecting the 25 IRC applicants who will be eligible for appointment. Earlier this year, the Ducey-appointed CACA petitioned the Arizona Supreme Court to change the rules to make it much easier to conduct their business in closed-door executive sessions and allow any person submitting a comment about any IRC applicant to keep their comment secret and inaccessible to the public.
Making matters worse, the rule changes proposed by the CACA would allow individual members to circumvent Arizona’s public records request laws, and keep some of their related emails and notes private.
Despite all of the evidence that the maps drawn by the previous commission have delivered fair results for both parties, the Republican party has been trying for a decade to undermine the IRC. This proposed rule change is their latest attempt to rig the process and keep the public in the dark as they establish a not-so-independent redistricting commission.
“While Arizona grapples with a pandemic and economic collapse, Republicans are quietly trying to undermind the IRC selection process. We can’t allow the Ducey-appointed CACA to throw a smokescreen over this important procedure,” said Matt Grodsky, Arizona Democratic Party spokesman, “The IRC’s work will impact the next ten years of Arizona elections. We must demand that the commissioner selection process be fair, open, and transparent. Too much is at stake.”