US News — An effort by Arizona voters to take politics out of the once-a-decade process of redrawing the political lines for U.S. House seats appears to have largely succeeded, based on an analysis of district inequities across the nation.
Arizona has among the lowest measures of unequal representation among the states analyzed by The Associated Press, coming in fourth out of 43 states in the 2016 election. Republicans won five of nine congressional seats in 2016, a result that largely mirrors the split between Democratic and Republican votes cast statewide.
But that doesn’t mean the process overseen by a five-member panel designed to remove it from the Legislature wasn’t both highly political and rife with highly charged disputes. Republicans remain bitter about the congressional district maps adopted before the 2012 election.