New Senate and House state maps of Arkansas approved unanimously

New Senate and House state maps for Arkansas were unanimously approved Monday by the Allocation Council. The council is made up of the Attorney General, the Secretary of State, and chaired by Governor Asa Hutchinson. In recent months, the Allocation Council has redesigned 100 House districts and 35 Senate districts. This happens every 10 years when US Census data comes out. Over the past few months, the Dispatch Council has held eight hearings and received over 800 comments from the public regarding the map redesign. Today, the council said these maps create 12 minority districts in the state. The ACLU sent 40/29 News this comment in response to the new maps: “The ACLU of Arkansas has advised the Board of Dispatch that with the current population of Arkansas, we should have 16 Majority Minority Districts. . . . Our maps only provided a means for the Council to reach 16 majority minority districts, but instead they approved maps that dilute the voting power of Arkansans who are also racial minorities. Hutchinson approved new maps of the Senate and the House“We have done everything we can to follow the constitution, the public comments and to do it in a way that provides equal representation and that is the goal that we we all have. And I’m happy with the process but I know there will be a debate on that when we go into the future. . . Nothing is perfect, but I think our system worked well this time. And it will obviously be examined by the courts.

New Senate and House state maps for Arkansas were unanimously approved Monday by the Allocation Council.

The council is made up of the Attorney General, the Secretary of State, and chaired by Governor Asa Hutchinson.

In recent months, the Allocation Council has redesigned 100 House districts and 35 Senate districts.

This happens every 10 years when US Census data comes out.

Over the past few months, the Dispatch Council has held eight hearings and received over 800 comments from the public regarding the map redesign.

Today, the council said these maps create 12 minority districts in the state.

The ACLU sent 40/29 News this comment in response to the new maps: “The ACLU of Arkansas has advised the Board of Dispatch that with the current population of Arkansas, we should have 16 Majority Minority Districts. . . . Our maps only provided a means for the Council to reach 16 majority minority districts, but instead they approved maps that dilute the voting power of Arkansans who are also racial minorities.

Hutchinson approved new Senate and House maps

“We’ve done everything we can to follow the constitution, public comment and do it in a way that provides equal representation and that’s the goal we all have. And I’m happy with the process but I know there will be a debate on that when we go into the future. . . Nothing is perfect, but I think our system worked well this time. And it will obviously be examined by the courts.

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