July 15, 2021
The Arkansas Board of Apportionment will hold eight public meetings on legislative redistricting throughout the state over the next several weeks.
The board — comprised of the governor, attorney general, and secretary of state — is set to redraw the district boundaries of the 35 state Senate and 100 state House of Representatives seats later this year, based on the 2020 U.S. Census.
The panel’s redistricting coordinator, former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Betty Dickey, said Monday that the redistricting hearings will be open for questions, concerns, and suggestions from local community members.
There will be maps based on the Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey, which covers predictions for changes in county populations, Dickey said.
Experts from the three offices making up the board, all of which are held by Republicans, will attend.
Comment forms will be provided at each meeting. An online version is available at arkansasredistricting.org/public-comments/public-comment.
The hearings will be live-streamed at myarkansaspbs.org/arcan/home.
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