Proposal to Create Redistricting Commission in Arkansas


A handful of states voted last week to transfer the power from the politicians to the people when determining political boundaries and Arkansas could be next.

A proposed constitutional amendment would create a citizens’ redistricting commission.

That commission would re-draw districts. Right now, the state legislature handles congressional districts. The governor, attorney general and secretary of state draw legislative districts.

But some argue the new commission wouldn’t stay un-biased.

“There’s no such thing as an independent commission. They’re appointed by someone. They somehow get there,” Secretary of State-Elect John Thurston says. 

The constitutional amendment also restricts recent elected officials and lobbyists from serving on the commission. 

The writer of the proposal plans to start collecting signatures in the next few weeks. 

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