Redistricting Hearings Scheduled Throughout Arkansas

The Board of Apportionment is redrawing Congressional districts based on new Census data.

Arkansas map

The process of redistricting is progressing in Arkansas. Former Chief Justice Betty Dickey was appointed the Arkansas Board of Apportionment coordinator July 7. Now she and the board members have scheduled dates for eight hearings throughout the state. 

Created in 1936 by Amendment 23 to the Arkansas Constitution, the Board of Apportionment consists of Governor Asa Hutchinson, Secretary of State John Thurston and Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. During the next few months, the board will be redrawing 100 House and 35 Senate districts so each district meets various legal criteria, including that each district be about the same size in population.

This redistricting is required by law once every 10 years after the U.S. Census is complete. The board only redistricts the Arkansas House and Senate. Congressional seats are the responsibility of the Arkansas General Assembly.

“The board’s goals in redistricting are as follows: creating districts that are substantially equal in population, geographically contiguous and compact; preserving cores of existing districts and communities of interest; recognizing geographic bounders; and ensuring redistricting is not based on racial gerrymandering or political partisanship,” Justice Dickey said in a statement.

The upcoming hearings are scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each evening at the following locations:

Thursday, July 29

University of Arkansas at Monticello

Fine Arts Center

371 University Dr. 

Monticello, AR


Tuesday, Aug. 3

ASU Mountain Home

The Sheid

1600 S. College St. 

Mountain Home, AR


Thursday, Aug. 5

Shewmaker Center for Workforce Technologies

Walmart Auditorium

1000 SE Eagle Way

Bentonville, AR


Tuesday, Aug. 10

U of A Hope-Texarkana

Hempstead Hall

2500 S. Main St.

Hope, AR


Thursday, Aug. 12

Phillips County Community College

Fine Arts Center – Community Room

1000 Campus Road

Helena, AR


Tuesday, Aug. 17

UAFS Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center

Reynolds Room

800 N. 50th St.

Fort Smith, AR


Thursday, Aug. 19

Embassy Suites by Hilton 

Jonesboro Red Wolf Convention Center

223 Red Wolf Blvd. 

Jonesboro, AR


Tuesday, Aug. 24

UA Little Rock

Jack Stephens Center

2801 S. University Ave.

Little Rock, AR

Comment forms will be provided at each meeting or one may be filled out online at The hearings will also be livestreamed on AR-CAN at this link.