Every ten years, following the decennial census, the Board of Supervisors is charged with re-examining its precincts for Cochise Community College, Justices of the Peace, and County Supervisors’ Districts and adjusting those boundaries to account for shifts in population.
On November 21, 2011 the Board of Supervisors adopted the following precincts and districts. The precincts may be adjusted following the adoption of new Congressional and Legislative lines by the Independent Redistricting Commission.
Precinct changes results in a reduction in the number of precincts from 64 to 49. These changes were prudent due to increase in early voters and votes by mail and a decrease in the number of voters gong to the polls. Those changes include:
- Combine Pearce Precinct and Cochise Precinct.
- Combine Sierra Vista Busby and Sierra Vista Central Business Precincts.
- Combine Sierra Vista Carmichael, Sierra Vista Fort, and Sierra Vista Fry Precincts.
- Combine Sierra Vista Middle School and Sierra Vista Hopi Precincts.
- Combine Sierra Vista Village 1 and Sierra Vista Yaqui Precincts.
- Combine Sierra Vista Pueblo del Sol and part of existing Sierra Vista Avenida del Sol Precincts.
- Eliminate Sierra Vista Charleston Precinct, moving its population into Sierra Vista College, Sierra Vista Avenida del Sol, and Sierra Vista Moson Precincts.
- Combine BI Bisbee, BI Iron Man, and the northern part of BI Lowell Precincts.
- Combine BI Warren, BI Terrace and the remainder of BI Lowell Precincts.
- Combine BI Don Luis and BI San Raphael Precincts.
- Combining 7 Douglas Precincts into 5 new Precincts.
- Combining 3 Benson precincts into 2 Precincts.
- Combining 4 Willcox precincts into 3 Precincts
Minor changes to both the Douglas and Bisbee precincts were made in efforts to align City Wards with precincts. In order to reduce precinct parts a minor change was also made near the Webb-McNeal Precinct boundary.
Board of Supervisors’ Districts
The supervisorial district adopted meets the requirements for equality in population under Arizona Revised Statutes and meets the other criteria for redistricting.
Residents in Sierra Vista Estates and Golden Acres Subdivision (current precinct SV Estates) would move from District 1 into District 2. Also those voters in Mountain Mesa Estates in Sierra Vista would move from District 2 into District 1. Once again those residents west of 7th Street (currently in SV Central Business, SV Carmichael, and SV Fry precincts) would move from District 1 into District 3.
Cochise Community College District
The college district adopted meets the criteria for redistricting, and there is little difference in minority concentrations.
Move those residents in the greater Tombstone area (Tombstone Precinct) from College Precinct 5 into Precinct 2. Move those residents residing south of Yaqui Blvd but north of Ramsey Canyon Road and West of Hwy. 92 (current SV Yaqui and SV Village 1 Precincts) from College Precinct 4 into Precinct 5. Move those residents south of Snyder Blvd and east of Hwy 92 (current SV Snyder Precinct) from College Precinct 5 into Precinct 4. Move those residents who are east of Avenida del Sol but south of Hwy. 90 (proposed Avenida del Sol Precinct) from College Precinct 4 into Precinct 3.
The Cochise Community College Board and Administration has expressed a preference for the adopted scenario.
Justice of the Peace Precincts
Due to population changes that would add costs to operating Justice Precincts, the Board of Supervisors adjusted existing Justice of the Peace Precincts. Existing JP1 has 10,476 registered voters, and existing JP2 has 10,854 voters. Since they are now over 10,000 each, both would require a paid Constable.
The least amount of change that would accomplish the same result is to move Hereford Precinct from JP1 (Bisbee) to JP5 (Sierra Vista) and McNeal Precinct from JP2 (Douglas) into JP1 (Bisbee).