Today, the Cochise County Redistricting Advisory Commission (RAC) met one final time to discuss and approve the recommendation of County district boundaries and precincts, to be put forward to the Board of Supervisors for approval.
To recap, every 10 years after the U.S. Census data is released, Cochise County is responsible for updating voting precinct, Justice Court precinct, Cochise College districts, and Board of Supervisor district boundaries based on population changes if necessary.
Following a series of public hearings held in each of the three Supervisor Districts this month, the RAC regrouped to deliberate over the comments received by County citizens and discuss final thoughts on the proposed redrawing of Supervisor District boundaries.
The two proposed options for the Supervisor District boundaries were:
- (Left) ‘No Change’ representing the district lines as they are currently drawn.
- (Right) “Scenario 1” representing Fort Huachuca combined into District 1 with additional changes made to the Sierra Vista area.
During the meeting presentation, the results of public responses were displayed by pro-con outlines for each map option. Multiple commissioners agreed the majority of the public input received preferred no changes be made to the existing Supervisor District boundaries. Commission members openly discussed the results and shared their final thoughts on the recommended outcome.
"According to the population, the current population in each district meets the requirements, so although we went through this process - which I think is a good thing - we don't have to make changes," said Yvonne Mayer, District 1 Representative. "I'm glad we went through the process, we looked at all the angles and tried to make it work, but we are not required to make any changes," added Mayer. "I understand there are good reasons for it, but there are problems that come with those solutions, we might be creating ill will and this is a time when we need to come together."
Upon final deliberation, the RAC voted in favor of not making changes to the existing County district or precinct boundaries and for them to remain as they are currently drawn. The recommendation will be put forward to the Cochise County Board of Supervisors for a public hearing and final approval at the next Regular Board Meeting on Tuesday, November 30, 2021.
To view the RAC meeting agenda, minutes, and video recording, visit the Cochise County Agendas & Minutes site.