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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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RSVP, Directions and Maps for the Southwest Florida Redistricting Meetings

For the upcoming August 29 – September 1 public input meetings on redistricting in Tampa, Largo, Sarasota, Naples, Lehigh Acres and Clewiston, click here for the updated Public Meeting Schedule, and see below for RSVP, driving and parking information, and Google Maps links for each location.

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8/29 to 9/1: Redistricting Meetings in Southwest Florida

Below is the updated public input meeting schedule.  There is only one week, 6 meetings, remaining for the Florida House and Senate’s joint meetings on redistricting.  The remaining 6 meetings will take place in Tampa (8/29), Largo and Sarasota (8/30), Naples and Lehigh Acres (8/31) and Clewiston (9/1).

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