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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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Update on the Extraordinary Apportionment Session

The Florida Senate released its first look at proposed revisions to the state senate map on Saturday.  You can check out the proposed changes (plan 9016) at http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Redistricting/Plan/s000s9016.  Get a quick view of the map with the Senate’s District Explorer at http://maps.flsenate.gov/de1/map.html?plan=s000s9016.

If you want to download the KMZ file for viewing in MyDistrictBuilder, click here.

As the Extraordinary Apportionment Session moves forward this week, the Senate will post subsequent amendments to the map at http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Redistricting/Plans.  So make sure to check back from time to time.

The Extraordinary Apportionment Session, pertaining to the state senate map, must conclude by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday,  March 28, 2012.

For reports on downloads regarding plan 9016, from the Florida Senate, click below:

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Florida Senate Set to Finalize Maps

Florida Senate Set to Finalize State House, Congressional and State Senate Maps

Today, the Florida Senate is scheduled for an approximately 3:30 p.m. Session in which they are expected to concur with the state legislative and congressional redistricting maps, as approved by the Florida House on Friday, February 3.  The three maps are as follows:

State House Map: SJR 1176 (plan H000H9049)

Congressional Map: SB 1174 (plan H000C9047)

State Senate Map: SJR 1176 (plan S0009008)

To learn more about how the process evolved to this point, check out the following resources:

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Florida House’s Options for Maps to Be Released Next Week

The House Redistricting Committee will meet on Tuesday, December 6.  Members will receive several options of House, Senate and Congressional maps and an overview of each option provided by Chairman Will Weatherford. 

On Thursday, December 8, the House, Senate, and Congressional Subcommittees will meet to workshop the various map options made available on Tuesday.

The House and Congressional Subcommittees will review maps prepared by staff of the House Redistricting Committee.  The Senate Subcommittee will begin the workshopping process by reviewing the State Senate map proposed by the Florida Senate as well as a State Senate map that was submitted by the Florida State Conference of the NAACP. 

Copies of the maps will be posted online Tuesday (approximately noon) at http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Redistricting/Redistricting2012.aspx, and made available to the public and members of the media during the meetings on both Tuesday and Thursday.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

  • House Redistricting Committee, 2-3 pm, 404 House Office Building

Thursday, December 8, 2011

  • Congressional Redistricting Subcommittee, 12-2 pm, 404 House Office Building
  • Senate Redistricting Subcommittee, 12-2 pm, Morris Hall (17 House Office Building)
  • House Redistricting Subcommittee, 2:30-6 pm, 404 House Office Building

To watch live, visit the Florida Channel at http://thefloridachannel.org/.  To watch video replays, visit the Florida Channel’s redistricting archive page at http://thefloridachannel.org/featured-stories/redistricting/.

 

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Milestone: 100 Proposed Redistricting Maps from Floridians

Florida Legislature Reaches Milestone of 100 Proposed Redistricting Maps from Floridians

Thursday, October 20, the Florida Legislature received the 100th redistricting map from a Florida resident.  Ten years ago, during the previous redistricting, the Legislature received only 4 redistricting maps from the public.  Visit MyDistrictBuilder’s YouTube page at http://www.youtube.com/MyDistrictBuilderFL to view the video announcement about this milestone, and click here to view the press release from today’s announcement. 

Here are some facts about the 100 redistricting maps submitted thus far:

  • Submitted by residents of 25 different counties.
  • More than 2,600 total districts submitted.
  • At least 17 maps from students, including middle school, high school and college students.
  • 30 complete maps for Congress; 20 partial maps for Congress; 8 complete maps for the State House; 15 partial maps for the State House; 17 complete maps for the State Senate; 10 partial maps for the State Senate.
  • 67 of the maps were created with the Florida House’s MyDistrictBuilder application; 15 with the Florida Senate’s District Builder; 6 with Maptitude; 10 with Dave’s Redistricting Application; and 2 with ESRI.

Resources: 

Video Announcement:

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3 Significant Points from September 19 Redistricting Committees

Monday, September 19 – The Florida House’s Redistricting Committee and its Subcommittees began the process of reviewing and discussing the public input gathered at this summer’s 26 community meetings and input obtained via proposed maps and other written suggestions from Florida residents.  Three significant points from Monday’s meetings:

1. Redistricting Committee Chairman Will Weatherford suggested that the public submit any new ideas (via MyDistrictBuilder, in writing, via social media, etc.) for redistricting maps before November 1.  Public comment will still be welcomed and needed throughout the redistricting process.  However, public input in November and thereafter will have to be utilized in response to legislative proposals that are already working their way through the process.

2. Weatherford set a goal for the House, Senate and Congressional Redistricting Subcommittees to each approve of at least three complete options for their respective maps.  This means that the Redistricting Committee will have for its consideration at least three redistricting maps for Congress, three for the State House and three for the State Senate.

3. The Redistricting Committee rolled out public input summary documents for Northwest Florida, Northeast and North Central Florida, Central Florida and Southeast Florida.  These documents are available via www.floridaredistricting.org.  Summary documents for Southwest Florida and citizen-proposed statewide redistricting maps will be made available by early October.

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Getting Informed: What’s Next for Florida’s Redistricting?

The Florida House of Representatives’ Office of Public Information just released their latest “Informer” with lots of information to guide you from the end of the Summer 2011 public input meetings into the Fall 2011 Interim Committee meetings.

If you only just started following the Florida redistricting process, the Informer can catch you up to what’s been going on.  If you’ve been thinking about nothing but redistricting for the last nine months, the Informer will give you insight and resources regarding the next steps in the process.

Enjoy!

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63 Public Submissions of Florida Redistricting Maps!

Ten years ago, the Florida Legislature received 4 public submissions of redistricting maps.  Back then, the Florida Legislature offered the public access redistricting software via the FREDS 2000 software, a CD-based application.

Ten years later public participation has increased dramatically with access to redistricting software via the Internet, including the Florida House’s MyDistrictBuilder application.  Today, we added the 63rd public submission of a partial or complete map to the web.

The 63 public submissions of redistricting maps can be viewed by visiting the “Public Submissions” button at www.floridaredistricting.org, or directly at http://mydistrictbuilderplanexplorer.wordpress.com/.

Below are some interesting statistics about the 63 redistricting maps received thus far:

  • 1,345 – Districts submitted
  • 35 – Different individuals or groups have submitted redistricting maps
  • 21 – Redistricting maps have been submitted by residents of 21 counties
  • 20 – At the Summer 2011 statewide public input meetings, 20 redistricting maps were presented in-person
  • 13 – Age of youngest redistricting plan author (HPUBH0047 and HPUBH0048)
  • 9 – Lake County leads the way with 9 maps submitted by Lake County residents
  • 8 – At least 8 students have submitted redistricting maps

 Application Used to Create the 63 Submitted Redistricting Maps:

 Type of Redistricting Maps Submitted:

  • 19 – Complete Congressional
  • 14 – Partial Congressional
  • 14 – Partial State House
  • 5 – Complete State Senate
  • 5 – Partial State Senate
  • 4 – Complete State House

 Month Redistricting Maps were Submitted:

  • 12 – September, 2011
  • 33 – August, 2011
  • 16 – July, 2011
  • 0 – June, 2011
  • 2 – May, 2011

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Update on Public Submissions of Redistricting Maps

Since we last wrote, the number of public submissions of redistricting plans has doubled to a total of 46 partial or complete maps.  Comparing that to the last time Florida redistricted, ten years ago the Florida Legislature only received 4 submissions of redistricting maps from the public.

For your convenience, all 23 new submissions are listed below.  The public submissions of redistricting maps and written suggestions are available via www.floridaredistricting.org by clicking on the Public Submissions button to view. 

There you can view, comment on, and share those proposed maps submitted by Florida residents.  In fact, you can also save the plan files for those proposed maps, and then open them in the Florida House’s MyDistrictBuilder redistricting application, in order to edit and then resubmit them with your changes.

  • Plan 0046 – Complete congressional plan
  • Plan 0045 – Complete state house plan
  • Plan 0044 – Complete congressional plan
  • Plan 0043 – Partial state house plan, impacting Broward and Miami-Dade counties
  • Plan 0042 – Complete congressional plan
  • Plan 0041 – Complete congressional plan
  • Plan 0040 – Partial state house plan, impacting St. Lucie County
  • Plan 0039 – Complete congressional plan
  • Plan 0038 – Partial congressional plan, impacting the Big Bend region
  • Plan 0037 – Partial state senate plan, impacting statewide
  • Plan 0036 – Complete congressional plan
  • Plan 0035 – Partial state house plan, impacting Broward and Miami-Dade counties
  • Plan 0034 – Complete state senate plan
  • Plan 0033 – Complete congressional plan
  • Plan 0032 – Partial state senate plan, impacting Martin and Palm Beach counties
  • Plan 0031 – Complete congressional plan
  • Plan 0030 – Partial state senate plan, impacting Broward and Palm Beach counties
  • Plan 0029 – Partial state house plan, impacting Brevard, Indian River, Okeechobee, Osceola and Polk counties
  • Plan 0028 – Complete state senate plan
  • Plan 0027 – Complete state house plan
  • Plan 0026 – Complete congressional plan
  • Plan 0025 – Partial state senate plan, impacting statewide
  • Plan 0024 – Partial state house plan, impacting Pasco County

See the full lineup of public submissions of redistricting maps and written suggestions at http://mydistrictbuilderplanexplorer.wordpress.com/.

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Updated Public Submissions of Redistricting Maps and Suggestions

Via www.floridaredistricting.org, you can access our Plan Explorer site to view, comment on and share redistricting suggestions submitted by Florida residents.  The site highlights proposed maps for Florida’s State House, State Senate and congressional districts.  Of the 23 maps submitted by Florida residents thus far, 20 were created with the Florida House’s MyDistrictBuilder application.  For your convenience, all 23 submissions received thus far are listed below, along with links to written suggestions that were submitted to the House.

  • Plan 0023 – Partial plan for Congress, affecting Orange, Osceola and Polk counties
  • Plan 0022 – Partial plan for Congress, affecting Lake, Marion and Sumter counties
  • Plan 0021 – Partial plan for Congress, affecting Lake, Marion and Sumter counties
  • Plan 0020 – Complete plan for Congress
  • Plan 0019 – Complete plan for Congress
  • Plan 0018 – Partial plan for the State House, affecting 34 North Florida counties
  • Plan 0017 – Partial plan for Congress, affecting Orange, Osceola and Polk counties
  • Plan 0016 – Partial plan for the State House, affecting Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and Sumter counties
  • Plan 0015 – Partial plan for Congress, affecting Citrus, Lake, Orange and Sumter counties
  • Plan 0014 – Partial plan for the State Senate, affecting Citrus, Lake and Sumter counties
  • Plan 0013 – Partial plan for the State House, affecting Lake County
  • Plan 0012 – Partial plan for the State House, affecting Orange, Seminole and Volusia counties
  • Plan 0011 – Partial plan for the State House, affecting Lake County
  • Plan 0010 – Partial plan for the State Senate, affecting Citrus, Lake, Orange and Sumter counties
  • Plan 0009 – Partial plan for Congress, affecting Lake and Seminole counties
  • Plan 0008 – Partial plan for Congress, affecting Lake, Orange and Sumter counties
  • Plan 0007 – Complete plan for the State Senate
  • Plan 0006 – Complete plan for Congress
  • Plan 0005 – Complete plan for Congress
  • Plan 0004 – Complete plan for Congress
  • Plan 0003 – Complete plan for Congress
  • Plan 0002 – Partial plan for the State House, affecting Brevard and Volusia counties
  • Plan 0001 – Complete plan for Congress
  • Written suggestions – Congress
  • Written suggestions – State House
  • Written suggestions – State Senate

Along with the feedback from the Legislature’s 26 public input meetings throughout Florida, these maps and written suggestions will constitute the starting point for redistricting when legislators return to Tallahassee in the fall of 2011 for committee meetings.

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