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Updates to www.floridaredistricting.org coming soon!

Over the next week or so we will be implementing some changes to www.floridaredistricting.org.  With the launch of our Blog & Resources page, www.floridaredistricting.org is taking on a more simplified role as a front page for an entire universe of information about Florida redistricting.

So what purposes will www.floridaredistricting.org serve in the near future?

  • As we’re about to begin public input meetings on redistricting throughout Florida, www.floridaredistricting.org will provide updates and access to scheduling information.
  • The site will remain the best access point to MyDistrictBuilder.
  • The site will provide public outreach, participation and educational materials.
  • The site will provide introductions to the legal and legislative sides of redistricting.
  • The site will offer insight into MyDistrictBuilder, including user help and support.

Beyond the content at www.floridaredistricting.org, the site will continue to serve as a gateway to an expanding universe of information, including social media, this blog and resources, legislative archives, and eventually access to the plans and suggestions submitted by Floridians.

For example, as a visitor to our Plan Explorer page, you will be able to search and review redistricting plans and ideas submitted by other Floridians – blog, share, and use as a foundation for your own input.  You will be able to take the redistricting plans and load them into MyDistrictBuilder, so that you can edit them, and resubmit them with your own twist on someone else’s idea.

Crowdsourcing – Florida redistricting style!

In the meantime, many of our resource links have moved here – to the Blog & Resources page.  The resources on the right side of the page are geared towards what you might want for drawing or analyzing redistricting plans.  The resources in the middle are focused on news and big picture items – why, what, how, etc.

As our pages evolve, if you lose track of a favorite link or a resource, just email us at mydistrictbuilder@myfloridahouse.gov.  And as always, feel free to let us know if you have any other questions or comments.

Happy Almost Friday!

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Learning MyDistrictBuilder: Taking a Tour of its Features

The end of this week’s committee meetings will provide a turning point for the members of the redistricting committees – in which they go from learning about the redistricting process – to sharing with and learning from Floridians.  

Overall, the three recent weeks of meetings are intended to give committee members the foundation they need for all forms of public input on redistricting, including MyDistrictBuilder, and this summer and fall’s public meetings throughout Florida.

Coming into this week, members of the committees have learned about many of the public participation resources available through www.floridaredistricting.org, which also provides public access to the beta version of MyDistrictBuilder.

This week, committee members are listening to a tutorial on MyDistrictBuilder, but they are also receiving a tutorial (below) that they can provide to their constituents.  The PowerPoint document was created so that Floridians could follow a learning process similar to the committee members themselves.  The full 24 MB version of the PowerPoint can be downloaded by clicking here.

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New MyDistrictBuilder Video Tutorials

MyDistrictBuilder’s video tutorial library has been revised to reflect recent updates to the application.  The whole library is included here at FloridaRedistricting.Org’s Page 2 in the links to the right under “MyDistrictBuilder Video Tutorials.” 

You can also visit the “How to Use MyDistrictBuilder” playlist at http://www.youtube.com/MyDistrictBuilderFL, or click on the individual video links below:

 

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