The Phoenix City Council voted on a final redistricting plan Tuesday afternoon, but the fight over where to redraw new lines for council districts may not be over. District 6 City Councilman Sal DiCiccio said he wants elected officials to reconsider an alternative council district map he introduced at the meeting that slightly modifies the map the council adopted 8-1. He said he’ll ask for a reconsideration of the city’s redistricting plan, and the City Council ordered staff to run an analysis on DiCiccio’s alternative map. DiCiccio’s map proposes his district retain or lose certain voting precincts on the edges of his district, which covers the Biltmore, Arcadia and Ahwatukee Foothills areas.
The council on Tuesday rejected a motion to support DiCiccio’s map, but it failed by a 4-5 vote. Council members were concerned that an analysis hadn’t been conducted on how minority voting rights would be impacted by DiCiccio’s proposal and that the public didn’t have a chance to see his map.
Councilman Michael Nowakowski said he would support DiCiccio’s move to get the council to revote on the map, saying the public needed more time to review the redistricting plan. He said he was concerned that the city didn’t visit each of the Village Planning Committees individually to discuss redistricting.