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Provide your comments for consideration in the 2021 Redistricting process
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Isabel Hawkins
This district map is so obviously gerrymandered to break up the power of minority groups and people of color. There is no reason for Fayetteville, Springdale, Bentonville, and Rogers to be split up into so many districts. There is no reason for Little Rock and surrounding areas to be sliced up into so many districts. Same for Pine Bluff and Jonesboro. While conveniently, you left large swaths of the state with a majority white population cleanly in one district. This is discrimination. This is unconstitutional and it is so obvious. You are intentionally drawing district lines to silence minority voices and you won't get away with it. Do better.
Laura V Covington
Redistricting should benefit all the people living within their given district and not one political party. It is wrong to split Springdale and Little Rock into numerous jurisdictions.
Kenneth H Covington
The drawing of legislative district lines should be of benefit to all members of any district. The district should not be drawn so as to benefit one party or the other. Populations of similar economic and other interest should not be split up so as to dilute their voice and representation. Eureka Springs has a tourist and retirement driven economy and has been put in with largely agricultural based areas.Other areas such as Springdale and Little Rock have been split up into areas which don't have similar economic interest. I oppose any redrawing which dilutes people's representation.
Andrea K Sadler
The city of Little Rock has been split into an unnecessarily large number of districts. Communities of interest have been split. There is no apparent justification for such division; it could have been split into fewer districts while still maintaining population constraints and preserving community boundaries. This splitting of communities appears to have been done statewide, not only in my own city. I strongly oppose this redistricting.
Sylvia Aimerito
I'd like to see Rep. Haak be drawn back into Siloam Springs' district, District 35.
Richelle B Brittain
Like the House map, this map unnecessarily splits Jacksonville among three separate Senate districts. And while the House map assigns me to a representative in Sherwood, here I’m stuck with one who lives in Cabot! Neither can be expected to know the peculiar needs of Jacksonville. Please put ALL of Jacksonville in ONE Senate district where possible.
Miles Simmons
Why is Downtown Little Rock included but not parts of West Little Rock. This district was drawn to pack as many Democratic voters into one district as they could. It also has one of the highest deviations in the positive direction so they really are cramming as many Democratic votes into a single district.
Arkansas Fair & Equitable Maps Awareness, Planning and Action Team
After a long detailed analysis, AFEMAPAT has determined that the BOA's State Senate maps leave ample opportunity for improvement. Using the nine criteria that the BOA published on its website, AFEMAPAT was ample to produce several different alternative maps that would provide Arkansans with much more competitive, fairer, and equitable state senate races which would produce a General Assembly that much more equipped to fulfilled its state constitutional mandate to legislate for the benefit, safety and protection of ALL Arkansans, ALL the time. Here is our latest map that we offer for the BOA's consideration in helping it to revise its own State senate map: https://davesredistricting.org/join/32e4fb2f-ded4-444a-9a2e-a08d70b6a620
Bill Kopsky, Arkansas Public Policy Panel
District 34 splits the cities of Bentonville, Centerton, and Hiwasse. The split appears to be intentionally concentrated among minority precincts.
Bill Kopsky, Arkansas Public Policy Panel
District 32 splits the cities of Lowell, Bethel Heights, and Rogers between Districts 31 and 32. The split in both districts appears to be intentionally concentrated among several minority precincts.
Bill Kopsky, Arkansas Public Policy Panel
Districts 29 and 30, along with District 35, split the city of Fayetteville into three. The city could be left more whole by dividing it into just two districts.
Bill Kopsky, Arkansas Public Policy Panel
This district could be redrawn by grouping Boone County, Newton County, and Johnson County as whole.
Bill Kopsky, Arkansas Public Policy Panel
District 26 extends north into the Ozark Mountains. This district could be redrawn to keep Logan County whole.
Bill Kopsky, Arkansas Public Policy Panel
District 21 splits the city of Hoxie, removing part of the city from being in the same district as the neighboring city of Walnut Ridge, both cities together are considered a community of interest.
Bill Kopsky, Arkansas Public Policy Panel
Districts 19 and 20 split Jonesboro. Jonesboro can have an entire district within its borders. This split appears to intentionally dilute the vote for both people of color and urban dwellers.
Bill Kopsky, Arkansas Public Policy Panel
District 17 splits Pulaski County and Faulkner County by crossing the natural boundary of the Arkansas River. Crossing natural boundaries is ill-advised in redistricting if such can be avoided. The district could be redrawn, comprising just the City of Conway and the City of Greenbrier.
Bill Kopsky, Arkansas Public Policy Panel
The combined three districts of 11, 12 and 13 split the cities of Little Rock, North Little Rock, Sherwood, and Jacksonville. The splits appear to be intentionally concentrated among the minority precincts in each of these four cities.
Bill Kopsky, Arkansas Public Policy Panel
District 10 spans eleven counties where five of them are split. Lonoke County, Prairie County, and Monroe County could be grouped as whole for this district, which would also make Forrest City whole again.
Bill Kopsky, Arkansas Public Policy Panel
District 9 splits Forrest City between District 9 and District 10. This split appears to be intentionally concentrated between two minority precincts.
Bill Kopsky, Arkansas Public Policy Panel
District 8 spans seven counties, where five of them are split. Jefferson County and Arkansas County could be paired as whole for this district.
Bill Kopsky, Arkansas Public Policy Panel
District 5 spans nine counties where four of them are split.
Bill Kopsky, Arkansas Public Policy Panel
Districts 3 and 4 split Hempstead County, and the splits appear to be intentionally concentrated within several of the minority precincts. If District 3 allowed for Hempstead County’s minority precincts to remain intact, which would keep the entire county whole, these two districts could be reconfigured where both districts had whole counties.
Bill Kopsky, Arkansas Public Policy Panel
District 1 spans eight counties. On the northern side of this district is drawn along white and minority precinct lines around the City of Pine Bluff, along Lincoln County, and through part of Drew County. It could be more compact by substituting Desha County for Jefferson County and Grant County.
Bill Kopsky, Arkansas Public Policy Panel
District 2 extends too far north. It could be made more compact by switching Dallas County and Grant County for most of Columbia County.
Bill Kopsky, Arkansas Public Policy Panel
District 1 spans eight counties. The northern side of this district is drawn along white and minority precinct lines around the City of Pine Bluff, along Lincoln County, and through part of Drew County. It could be more compact by substituting Desha County for Jefferson County and Grant County.
Cathianne Watkins
My neighborhood of just over 100 homes is active, with elected POA and Suburban Improvement District leaders who work together in our best interest. Nonsensically, Spring Valley Manor, shown in the attached, has been split into two districts. Keep us together in District 30, which is in the City of Little Rock and Pulaski County. As the map is drawn, a portion of Spring Valley is one of very few neighborhoods in the City of Little Rock that hve been sectioned off and combined with Saline County.
BRIAN SCOTT RIGGAN
As Mayor of the town of Poyen I have been approached by citizens whom prefer to stay in the district represented by Senator Clark. Being a small county border city we feel as Senator Clark has served our community well and not like a stepchild of the district. The consensus of the community is the reverse if we are moved to a district with a large county seat 100 miles away. I applaud the work done by the comity but also wish for them to review this decision of redistricting Grant county. Thank you for your time.
Caroline Geer
Thank you for your diligent work on the Senate and House redistricting. Please fix one small issue with new Senate District 34: redraw Rep. Delia Haak back into Senate District 35. We would like to be able to vote for her if she decides to run for Senate. It looks like she was intentionally drawn into District 34. When you fix that little piece on the western line and draw it back into District 35, it will square up the western line of District 34 -- much cleaner! Thank you for your attention to this detail: Rep. Delia Haak needs to be in Senate District 35!
James S. Wallace
Pairing counties with districts in a reasonable attempt to follow county lines, the number of counties divided by state senate districts could provide a baseline. 75/35 = 2.14:1. The proposed map shows 128 counties occupied by the 35 state senate districts, or a 3.55:1. Some overage is expected where populations are less dense to be offset by the instances where there are ten higher density districts that occupy less than one full county. The proposed map needs more documentation detailing the criteria used to demonstrate transparency to the public.
Emily Walter
Regardless of sides, I think it's absurd that the city of Conway and surrounding suburbs could be potentially fall under a senator out of West Little Rock/Pulaski County. Makes no sense to me and our section of Faulkner County will suffer if this passes.
Delia Haak
Thank you for the work of the Commission on redistricting. I currently serve as Representative for House District 91 and live in the newly drawn House District 17 which includes the areas where I have lived and work for 42 years, Gentry and Siloam Springs. House District 17 includes Gentry and Siloam Springs and are in Senate District 35. However, I have been drawn into Senate District 33 by a very narrow point on the western boundary of Senate 33 and the eastern boundary of Senate 35. Whoever will hold House District 17 in the future should also be represented in Senate District 35. Thank you for your consideration.
Kathy Layman
Proposed Senate district 35 covers an enormous amount of territory, and the jagged west side of proposed district 33 needs to be cleaned up in order to put current state Representative Haak into Senate district 35. The proposed map just barely draws her out of it, keeping her constituents (House district 17) from ever being able to elect her as a Senator if she chooses to run for that office in the future. Please make this change.
Clifford Crowder
Dividing the county by districts & population creates an imbalance in community interests. 2500 people usually have the same interests 450 people. Why divide them?
James S. Wallace
Statewide, there are 76 instances where counties are needlessly split by Senate district lines, many more with House districts. As a former professor in the arts, I wish to share that people afflicted with hand-to-eye muscle motor dysfunctions combined with attention deficit disorder are not well suited to drawing reapportionment maps.
Robert A. Ballinger
I appreciate the hard work of the committee and their staff. This task was not easy - it is good we only have to do it once every 10 years.
Allison Austin Byrum
Why is Rogers divided in half at Dixieland, with half going out way into the country?
Heather Graham
Barely crossing the lines into multiple counties is ridiculous. Also, what does the area north of Hardy have in common with folks down by Heber Springs? The gerrymandering is obvious. Keep communities together in the best interest of ALL Arkansans.
Jacque Martin
You have divided Heber Springs between two Senate Districts. This means that our city of 7,000 will no longer have the same representation and no long be contiguous. Really? Heber Springs should be left in only one Senate District. Put all of Heber Springs in District 22.
Amelia May Johnson
Move Glenwood to district 3! It shares a school district with Amity and a lot of people from Amity go to Glenwood to work or shop.
John B Parke
West LR needs Senate representation that reflects their values, not the values of the Heights and Hillcrest.
Julia Landrum
Counties should not be divided for political advantage. Gerrymandering for partisan gain is a form of cheating to win.