New legislative districts are in the process of being drawn up by the Board of Apportionment and a new Hispanic district in Northwest Arkansas is being considered. Draft versions of maps of the new districts should be available by 4 p.m., July 19, on the Board of Apportionment website. Following are the telephone numbers for the Board:
Governor Mike Beebe, 501-682-2345
Secretary of State Mark Martin, 501-682-1010
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, 501-682-2007
You can also contact them by clicking on their website or the Board website.
Since the Board is scheduled to vote on the new legislative districts at 9:30 a.m., July 29, at the state Capitol, we will need to contact them to voice our concerns.
July 7, 2011, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, entitled “Idea for Hispanic district debated,” In the first paragraph of this article, Secure Arkansas is incorrectly labeled as an “anti immigrant advocacy group.” As we feel you are all aware, it should have stated that we are an “anti-illegal alien” advocacy group.
We also wish to show some statistics related to a statement in this article that “Republican Party Chairman Doyle Webb said Wednesday by e-mail that ‘Hispanic voters relate to the Republican Party best.’ ” We would refer you to the following articles:
Hispanics voted for Democrats Barack Obama and Joe Biden over Republicans John McCain and Sarah Palin by a margin of more than two-to-one in the 2008 presidential election, 67 % versus 31 %, according to an analysis by the Pew Hispanic Center of exit polls from Edison Media Research as published by CNN.
Hispanic registered voters’ support for Barack Obama for president remained consistent and strong in June, with Obama leading John McCain by 59% to 29% among this group. Gallup has interviewed more than 4,000 Hispanic registered voters during this time period. Perhaps the only exceptions to this general pattern come among the minority of Hispanic voters who identify themselves as Republicans (18%) or who say they have conservative political views (36%).
If you wish to contact Chairman Webb, the telephone number for the Republican Party of Arkansas is 501-372-7301.