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Follow-up Information Provided to U.S. DOJ: Subsequent to the March 13, 2012 submissions for preclearance, the following information was requested by and provided to the U.S. DOJ.

* – The Florida House of Representatives implemented the 2006, 2008 and 2010 precints in its MyDistrictBuilder application in “well known text” format.  Therefore, these downloadable files were converted from well known text into shapefiles.  As as result, it is possible to inadvertantly lose data in that process.

Petition of the Attorney General: On April 5, the Attorney General petitioned the Supreme Court of Florida to determine the validity of the revised state senate districts in SJR 2-B.  The petition, its appendix, and other documents relating to the Apportionment case are available on the Supreme Court of Florida’s website.

Submission for Preclearance of State Senate Map S016S9030 (SJR 2-B):  On March 30, an application for preclearance of the newly enacted state senate districts was submitted to the United States Department of  Justice (DOJ).  Electronic copies of the submission are posted below.  Note, portions of the March 30 submission are identical to information submitted on March 13, and therefore much of that overlapping information is only listed under the March 13, 2012 submission.

Submission for Preclearance of State House Map H000H9049 (SJR 1176) and Congressional Map H000C9047 (SB 1174): On March 13, 2012, applications for preclearance of the newly enacted state house and congressional districts were submitted ot the United States Department of Justice (DOJ).  Electronic copies of the entire submission are posted below.  Copies are also available for inspection at the House Redistricting Committee Office, Room 400, House Office Building, 402 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399, and at the Senate Reapportionment Committee Office, Room 103, Senate Office Building, 404 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399.

House of Representatives’ Documents in the 2012 Apportionment Case: On February 17 and 23, 2012, the Florida House of Representative filed briefs in the 2012 Apportionment Case, regarding the State House Map in SJR 1176.  March 9, 2012, the Florida Supreme Court validated the State House Map.   The Florida Supreme Court’s docket and webpage for In Re: Joint Resolution of Legislative Apportionment (Case No. SC12-1) will be updated as documents are filed.

Petition of the Attorney General: On February 9, 2012, the Legislature fulfilled its constitutional duties under Article III, Section 16 of the Florida Constitution by passing new state senate and state house maps baseed on the 2010 Census and standards in federal and state law.  On February 10, the Attorney General filed a petition asking the Florida Supreme Court to determine the validity of the apportionment of house and senate districts.  The Florida Supreme Court’s docket and webpage for In Re: Joint Resolution of Legislative Apportionment (Case No. SC12-1) will be updated as documents are filed.

Submission for Preclearance of Amendments 5 and 6: On March 29, 2011, the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate jointly submitted an application for preclearance of Amendments 5 and 6 (Articiel III, Sections 21 and 20 of the Florida Constitution) to the United States Department of Justice (DOJ).  In this application, the Legislature requested that DOJ preclear these amendments, under the interpretation that they are beneficial for preserving and enhancing the rights of minority voters.  On May 31, 2011, the United STates Department of Justice formally precleared the Amendments. 

Introduction to the Legal Basics:

Florida Law:

In-Depth Legal Concepts:

Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act

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 change to Florida’s state legislative or congressional districts 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.

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