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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So you’re thinking about attending a public meeting on redistricting, or maybe submitting your redistricting suggestions via MyDistrictBuilder or social media, but you’re not sure where to begin? How can you express your thoughts about the manner in which your districts should affect the representation of your community in Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. for the next decade?
It seems like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. In fact, it can actually be a fun and creative process, because there are so many ways to tell the story of your community. Hopefully, the examples below will give you some ideas of how to submit your redistricting ideas to the Florida Legislature.
Submit a Social Media Comment:
- Just because you can’t make one of the 26 public input meetings in-person does not mean you cannot participate. You can access meeting webcasts live or replay by clicking here. What’s more, you can submit your redistricting ideas before, during or after the meetings to our Facebook and Twitter sites, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- As an example, click here to see a comment that was submitted via Facebook during the June 20 Tallahassee public meeting. The comment was a reiteration of a point made by a member of the public who spoke at the meeting, and the comment was actually read aloud at the meeting.
Submit Ideas as a Group:
- No need to work alone in the complicated process of redistricting. Check out the most recent set of redistricting plan suggestions at www.floridaredistricting.org‘s Plan Explorer page. A group of Osceola County residents sent a clear message about what they want for their congressional district with a series of personalized emails, which you can read by clicking here.
Submit a Partial Redistricting Plan:
- When you use MyDistrictBuilder to submit proposed redistricting plans, you don’t have to submit a complete map of every district in Florida. If know about one region or even just a couple of counties in Florida, you can submit a partial plan for the State House, State Senate or congressional map.
- In a recent example, which you can view by clicking here, a Brevard County resident submitted just four districts for the State House, three in Brevard County, and one split between Brevard and Volusia counties.
Submit Video Testimony:
- If you’re not sure exactly how to draw a map or find just the right words to author a suggestion, then show us the story of your community. Capture your story on video, and then either send us the video file or a link to your video to email@example.com. Please keep your videos to two (2) minutes or less, please make sure we can clearly hear and see the audio and visuals that you are trying to convey, and definitely please keep the videos “family friendly.”
- Maybe you could take a video of you and your neighbors talking about how your districts affect your community. Or maybe you could even show us the geography that you do or don’t want in the district. Looking for some inspiration, check out the citizen comments in the below video summaries of our recent public meetings.
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