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2021 Redistricting

 

For information on redistricting for the United States House of Representatives and the state's Senate and House of Representatives districts go to:  https://arkansasredistricting.org

Procedures for adoption of Reapportioned Quorum Court Districts:

Under Arkansas Code Annotated A.C.A. §14-14-403, the county board of election commissioners is responsible for the apportionment of quorum court districts after the federal decennial Census. The number of quorum court districts for a county depends on its population: 9 for counties under 20,000; 11 for 20,000-49,999; 13 for 50,000 to 199,999; and 15 for 200,000 and above (See A.C.A. §14-14-402).  Boone County has 11 quorum court districts.

The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution-the Equal Protection Clause (the one­ man, one vote requirement), mandates that election districts be of substantially equal population. This equality of population is the overriding objective of apportionment and redistricting. In meeting this objective, courts have generally held that population among election districts must not deviate more than ten percent (10%).

POPULATION INFORMATION FOR QUORUM COURT DISTRICTS

The information listed below is the starting information for the CBEC to begin redistricting. 

The Median Target is: 

The 10% variation will be between ___ and _____

CURRENT JP  JP DISTRICT  2011   2021   GAIN  LOSE
Jim Milum 1        
Glenn Redding  2        
Heath Kirkpatrick  3        
Bryan Snavley  4        
Fred Woehl Jr  5        
Bobby Woods  6        
Rodney Sullins  7        
Jim Harp  8        
Ralph Guynn  9        
James Widner 10        
David Thompson 11        
 Total Population          

DATES AND DEADLINES:

  • October 4, 2021 per A.C.A.§14-14-404; Federal Census Information delivered to the County
  • November 15, 2021 per A.C.A.§6-14-102; School Districts deadline to change election date from previous year's date
  • December 1, 2021 per A.C.A.§6-13-631; deadline for CBEC to approve School Board Zone Maps. (School Districts Alpena, Harrison and Lead Hill will be required to zone and will elect board members by zone starting in 2022)
  • January 3,2022 per A.C.A.§14-14-403; deadline to establish Quorum Court Districts
  • January 18, 2022 per A.C.A.§14-14-405;deadline to publish Quorum Court District Map in newspaper. (or 15 days after the approval of map)
  • February 17, 2022 per A.C.A.§14-14-401; deadline for contest of Quorum Court Districts (or 30 days from date of map publication)
  • February 18, 2022 per A.C.A.§14-14-401; Constable district to be established (or 1 day after the deadline for contest of Quorum Court districts)
  • February 24, 2022 per A.C.A.§14-14-407; deadline to file a certified copy of the Quorum Court District map with the Secretary of State's office (or 7 days after the deadline for contest of Quorum Court Districts)

For information on redistricting for the United States House of Representatives and the state's Senate and House of Representatives districts go to:  https://arkansasredistricting.org

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State Law Requirements for the County Board of Election Commissioners (CBEC) and County Clerk

14-14-403. Apportionment of districts.

(a) The county board of election commissioners in each county shall be responsible for the apportionment of the county into quorum court districts. Until otherwise changed in the method set forth in this subchapter, the districts of each county shall consist of the territory of the township established by the county board of election commissioners on or before November 3, 1975, pursuant to the provisions of Acts 1975, No. 128 [repealed]. Thereafter, districts shall be apportioned on or before the first Monday after January 1, 1982, and each ten (10) years thereafter.

(b) All apportionments shall be based on the population of the county as of the last federal decennial census, and the number of districts apportioned shall be equal to the number to which the county is entitled by law.

(c) The provisions of this subchapter shall not be construed to affect the composition of the county committees of the political parties, and the county committee of each political party shall designate the geographic area within the county from which county committee members shall be selected.

14-14-405. Filing and publishing of plan.

(a) Not later than the date set for the apportionment of county quorum court districts, the county board of election commissioners shall file its report with the clerk of the county court, setting forth the district boundaries and the number of inhabitants within them.

(b) Within fifteen (15) days of the filing of an apportionment plan, the clerk of the county court shall cause to be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the county the district boundaries apportioned and the number of inhabitants within them.

 14-14-406. Contest of apportionment.

Original jurisdiction of any suit to contest the apportionment made for county quorum court districts by a county board of election commissioners is vested in the circuit court of the affected county. Any such contest shall be filed with the circuit court within thirty (30) days following the date publication appears in a newspaper of general circulation.

14-14-407. Certification of plan.

The clerk of the county court, within seven (7) calendar days following the expiration of the time period provided for the filing of contest of an apportionment plan, shall transmit to the Secretary of State a certified copy of the record made of an apportionment plan.

CBEC Responsibility for School District Maps and Zones

6-14-102. Annual school election date 

(a)(1)(A) The annial school election shall be held in each school district of the state:

 (i) In even-numbered years, on the date of the:(a) Preferentail primary election; or (b) General Election; and (ii) In odd-numbered years, on the:(a) First Tuesday following the first Monday in November; or (b) Third Tuesday in May.

(B)(i) A school district shall adopt a policy setting forth which election date under subdivision (a)(1)(A) of this section the school district chooses to hold the annual school election upon.

(ii) At least one hundred (100) days before the first day of the respective candidate filing period set forth in § 6-14-111(e)(1)(A), a school district shall provide a copy of the policy under subdivision (a)(1)(B)(i) of this section to:

(a) The county board of election commissioners of the county in which the school district is domiciled for administrative purposes; and

(b) The county clerk of each county within the school district's boundaries.

6-13-631. Effect of minority population on election.

(a) The qualified electors of a school district having a ten percent (10%) or greater minority population out of the total population, as reported by the most recent federal decennial census information, shall elect the members of the board of directors as authorized in this section, utilizing selection procedures in compliance with the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended.

(b)(1) At least one hundred twenty (120) days before the annual school election held in the second year after the federal decennial census, the local board of directors shall:

(A) By resolution, choose to elect members of the board of directors from five (5) or seven (7) single-member zones or from five (5) single-member zones and two (2) at large; and

(B) With the approval of the controlling county board of election commissioners, divide each school district having a ten percent (10%) or greater minority population into five (5) or seven (7) single-member zones in accordance with the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended.

(2) Zones shall have substantially equal population, with boundaries based on the most recent available federal decennial census information.

(c) A board of directors choosing to elect members of the board of directors by five (5) single-member zones and two (2) at-large positions may fill the two (2) at-large positions by drawing lots from among the current members of the board of directors.

(d)(1)

(A) A candidate for election from a single-member zone must be a qualified elector and a resident of the zone.

(B) A candidate for an at-large position must be a qualified elector and a resident of the school district.

(2)(A) Except as provided in subsection (e) of this section, a member of a school district board of directors shall serve a five-year term.

(B) A term shall commence when the county court declares the results of the election by an order entered of record.

(e) At the first meeting of a new board of directors, the members shall establish initial terms by lot so that, to the extent possible, an equal number of positions are filled each year and not more than two (2) members' terms expire each year.

(f)(1) At least ninety (90) days before the filing deadline for the annual school election held in the second year after each federal decennial census, the school district board of directors, with the approval of the county board of election commissioners of the county where the school district is administratively domiciled, shall:

(A) Divide each school district having a ten percent (10%) or greater minority population into single-member zones; and

(B)(i) File a copy of the plan with the county clerk of the county where the school district is administratively domiciled.

(ii) The plan filed with the clerk shall include a map showing the boundaries of the zones and documentation showing the population by race in each zone.

(2) The zones shall be based on the most recent federal decennial census information and be substantially equal in population.

(3) At the annual school election following the rezoning, a new school district board of directors shall be elected in accordance with procedures set forth in this section.