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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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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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Location Change for the Tampa Redistricting Hearing

The location for the August 29 Florida redistricting meeting in Tampa has changed to:

  • Jefferson High School Auditorium
  • 4401 Cypress Street
  • Tampa, Florida 33607

Jefferson High School has plenty of free parking, close proximity to a bus stop, and more seating than the original downtown location.  We think it will be much more convenient for the public.

Persons who pre-registered (RSVP) to attend/speak at the Tampa meeting will be receiving and email or letter that confirms the change of address.

The complete Florida redistricting public meeting calendar can be found by visiting: http://www.floridaredistricting.org/.

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