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  • Congressional Redistricting Plan
  • 27 Districts
  • Complete: YES
  • Contiguous: YES
  • Direct Impacts: Statewide
  • Submitted to the Florida House of Representatives
  • Submitted by John Libby of Duval County

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  1. Staff note that the plan author submitted the following comments:

    “The plan provides for minority access without regression. There are three districts (CD-3, CD-17 and CD-23) which are heavily Democrat, 60%, 70% and 64% respectively in registration and provide representation for predominately Black neighborhoods and larger communities. The BVAP percentage is 48% for the 3rd and the 23rd and 56% for the 17th. There are an additional six districts which have a black population of between 15% and 25%.

    There are four districts which are predominately Hispanic, the 22nd, 25th, 26th, and 27th Districts. The 22nd has a HVAP of 54% and a Democrat to Republican ratio of 45% to 28%. The 25th has a HVAP of 53% and a Democrat to Republican ratio of 41% to 31%. The 26th has a HVAP of 75% and a registration ratio of 32% to 41%. The 27th has a HVAP of 66% and a 39% to 32% ratio. Hispanics are between 15% and 31% of the population in an additional 12 districts.

    These 7 Congressional Districts are drawn to fulfill the Federal requirements as described in the Voting Rights Act of 1965. As a result the 3rd and the 23rd are elongated and narrow in places. The other five minority access districts are relatively compact.

    Out of Florida’s 67 Counties, 44 are completely contained in one district. The number of split VTD’s is 163, compared to 633 under the current plan. Where possible, cities and municipalities are intact, but the are exceptions primarily due to the desire for equal population in each of Florida’s 27 Congressional Districts. Five of the districts have an ideal population of 696,344. The other 22 are each one person over the ideal.

    Four Congressional Districts have a majority of Democrats. One has a Republican majority. Each party has a plurality in 11 districts. All but 5 of the 27 Districts have 20% or greater “independent” registration. In the 2010 election for Governor, Scott won 15 of the districts with a majority and Sink won 10. Two districts split 49% to 47%, with each winning one.

    The plan was drawn using the guidelines set down in the Florida Constitution while addressing the requirements of Federal law. It is my belief the plan is a fair compromise between the two and fulfills the requirements of both. It is also my belief that the plan would be able to withstand any challenges, but given the number of pending cases in the Federal Courts, this is not a certainty by any means.

    Thank you for the opportunity to be able to submit this plan into the public record and to give the people of Florida the opportunity to see what the map could look like.”

  2. David Lewin says:

    A worthy effort, thanks! Instead of Palm Beach County going north, I think the district should go west.

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