UPDATED Jan. 21, 2022, at 2:28 PM

What Redistricting Looks Like In Every State

An updating tracker of proposed congressional maps — and whether they might benefit Democrats or Republicans in the 2022 midterms and beyond. How this works »

The partisan breakdown of Arkansas’s new map
partisan lean of districts:
Old map
4 districts
This map
4 districts
There are 4 Republican-leaning seats in Arkansas’s new map.Change from old map: None.
The competitiveness and fairness of Arkansas's maps
Median seat
Difference between the partisan lean of the state’s median district and the state as a whole.
New mapR+2.2
Old mapR+4.7
Efficiency gap
Difference between each party’s share of “wasted votes” — those that don’t contribute to a candidate winning.
New mapR+21.4
Old mapR+21.6
The number of districts in the state whose partisan leans are between R+5 and D+5.
Old map0/4
New map0/4
The demographic and partisan breakdown of Arkansas’s new map
DistrictIncumbentPartisan leanRacial makeup
Rick CrawfordR
French HillR
Steve WomackR
Bruce WestermanR

The racial makeup of each district is of the voting-age population.

The latest in Arkansas

Jan. 14, 2022

Arkansas’s new map officially went into effect on Jan. 14 — three months after the state legislature approved it. Back in October, the state legislature sent a final redistricting map proposal to Gov. Asa Hutchinson in the form of matching bills from the state House and Senate. It was then up to the governor to decide if he wanted to sign it into law, or veto it. Hutchinson decided to … do neither. Instead, he said he would allow the new map to become law without his signature. The public had an opportunity to file a veto referendum to repeal the maps, and, in fact, Arkansans for a Unified Natural State tried to, but according to the state’s Secretary of State office, the group did not file any signatures to do so.

Hutchinson’s decision to not sign Arkansas’s map into law allowed him to signal a tepid disapproval without vetoing his own party’s map — in fact, he specifically questioned the decision to trisect Pulaski County, the most populous county in the state and home to Little Rock, because it split some Democratic precincts (and precincts with more members of minority groups) into three different districts. Hutchinson also noted that not signing the bill gave extra time for “those who wish to challenge the redistricting plan in court to do so.”

Indeed, nonprofit groups and state politicians have spoken out against Arkansas’s redrawn map. In a letter signed by 41 activists and politicians that ran as a half-page ad in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, critics condemned the new map for disenfranchising voters from minority groups in order to make red districts more secure. Opponents also say it’s likely the map will be challenged in court.

Latest updates
Icon of the Arkansas state boundaries
Jan. 14
As specified in the Arkansas Attorney General's opinion no. 2021-092, the Arkansas congressional maps not signed by the Governor went into effect.
Icon of the Arkansas state boundaries
Nov. 4, 2021
The Arkansas Attorney General published an opinion (2021-092) that congressional and state legislative maps, approved without the signature of Gov. Hutchinson, will become effective on Jan. 14, 2022 after a 90-day window during which citizens have the opportunity to file a referendum petition.
Icon of the Arkansas state boundaries
Oct. 15, 2021
The group Arkansans for a Unified Natural State has announced a campaign to initiate a referendum on the state's new congressional map. According to the state constitution (art. V § 1) a referendum will be put before voters if six percent of legal voters sign a petition within 90 days of the current state legislature's adjournment. A special election may be called to consider the referendum if fifteen percent of legal voters sign the petition.
Who controls redistricting in Arkansas in 2021?
Republicans fully control the congressional redistricting process. New maps are drawn and passed by the Republican state legislature and signed into law by the Republican governor.