For most of our readers, this webinar series will be pretty ho hum.  For those in the weeds on the power of the redistricting commission or were involved with this in the time of Obama, you understand what we are facing.  The dems cheated big time in 2011-12.  The commission is supposed to be set up with 2 democrats, 2 Republicans and 1 independent.  But in 2011-12, the "Independent" was a democrat operative who, with her husband, owned the democrat party in Tucson.  The two Republicans were extremely weak and didn't stand up to the 3 dems.  That can't happen again but it depends on how determined the Republicans in the legislature are to make sure this won't happen.  The President of the Senate (right now, a Republican) and the Speaker of the House (right now, a Republican) along with the leaders of the minority party each select one member from a pool set up by the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments.  The fifth member, the so-called Independent, is selected by the four already selected and becomes the Chairman of the Commission.  That wields a lot of power.  

This is where it gets dicey: if the Republicans select weenies as they did in 2011, goodbye Arizona.  Hide your flags and Trump stuff because it will put you in peril and embolden the democrats even more.  If the two Republicans chosen then cave to a liberal independent, same story.  That is how we are a so-called conservative state but have 5 out of 9 Congressional districts in the hands of the democrats!  That is why our Legislature is a razor thin R majority.  No one knows better how to bend the rules of the game than democrats and Republicans get snookered every time.  Pray it doesn't happen again.  Pray, really Pray!

We have been told that we have better judges in the court and better people selecting the pool.  We will see about that.

You can take the first two webinar sat no cost.  Just sign up!  It will be online.  It will give you a good overview as to the process. It will prepare you to attend these meetings and learn the ropes and then testify at them.  Learning how this is supposed to work is not difficult.  You can look back on this forum and find info that was posted 10 years ago because we had people at nearly all of the meetings around the state.  The guidelines have not changed since then.

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It's almost time to redraw new districts, and it's definitely time to plan for it. When it comes to redistricting, the learning curve is steep. Let us help you and your team prepare for this complex, once-a-decade task with our April-May webinar series. Registration details below.

Constitutionally mandated redistricting is an extraordinarily complex undertaking for legislators, staff and others, so learning the law, process and technology well in advance is vital. The more preparation you do, the easier it will be to get legislative and congressional plans drawn to meet your objectives, withstand challenges and hold up for a decade. 

NCSL's top priority is the health and safety of our members and conference attendees. In light of the news and recommendations from health officials, the May 7-10 redistricting seminar in Las Vegas has been canceled. This webinar series will provide attendees with the same, quality information people expect from NCSL while maintaining social distancing safety protocols. 

Who Should Attend

If you are a legislator, legislative staffer, commissioner, commission staffer, outside advocate or just an interested member of the public, this webinar series is for you. 

What to Expect

Over the course of the webinar series, NCSL will deliver key concepts on redistricting that you can customize for your state and your role in the process. You will learn how to: 

  • Navigate the legal landscape of redistricting.
  • Identify the best technology for your state.
  • Determine which data sets are appropriate for your needs.
  • Learn how to effectively engage with the public on the subject.

Plus, you will:

  • Learn from experienced legislative staff who have successfully adopted maps in previous cycles.
  • Hear from the nation's experts who have decades of accumulated know-how and experience.
  • Go home ready to make your redistricting checklist.

Because this webinar series replaces the planned redistricting seminar in Las Vegas, it will carry the same topic focus that was planned for the Las Vegas seminar: data. 

Webinar Dates

The first two webinars, on April 2 and April 16, are available free of charge. The final 10 webinars will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays for five weeks. All webinars will be held at 1:30 p.m. ET and last 60 minutes unless otherwise indicated. These final 10 webinars may be purchased as a series, or you may purchase individual sessions depending on your needs and availability. Recordings of webinars denoted as FREE will be available on their respective webpages approximately seven days after presentation. Registrants for paid webinars will receive information on how to access those session recordings following their completion.

The webinars are, in chronological order: 

Register for these webinars individually by clicking on the links above. Unless otherwise noted, the above webinars may be purchased as a package ($250 for members/$350 for nonmembers) or separately ($30 for members/$45 for nonmembers). State legislators and state legislative staff save 17% purchasing the discount package.

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