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Update on Preclearance Submissions for Redistricting

Today, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) “precleared” (approved) Florida’s enacted state house, congressional and state senate maps.  Click here to see the approval letter from DOJ.

What is preclearance?  Five Florida counties are “covered jurisdictions under Section 5 of the Federal Voting Rights Act (Collier, Hardee, Hendry, Hillsborough & Monroe counties).  As such, any redistricting or election law change that affects those five counties must be submitted for preclearance with either the U.S. Department of Justice or the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia before it can take effect.  You can learn more at DOJ’s website at http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/vot/sec_5/about.php.

Florida Supreme Court Approves Revised State Senate Map

Last Friday, the Florida Supreme Court validated Florida’s revised state senate map, as redrawn by the Florida Legislature in a March 2012 extraordinary apportionment session.   Click here to read the April 27 opinion of the Court.  Note, the state senate map precleared is the same as the revised state senate map, as enacted by the Legislature on March 27 and validated by the Supreme Court of Florida on April 27.

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Speaker Cannon’s Statement Regarding Preclearance of Amendments 5 and 6

May 31, 2011 – Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon stated:

“The preclearance of Amendments 5 and 6 was a necessary step before the legislature could implement them as part of the upcoming redistricting process. More importantly, the preclearance of Amendments 5 and 6 is validation that Florida‟s new constitutional standards for redistricting promote and protect the ability of racial and language minority communities to equally participate in the electoral process and elect candidates of their choice.”

You can view and download the entire release below.

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