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SPUBC0062 – Libby, John

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Summary:

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

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6 Responses - Comments are closed.

  1. Ken says:

    I’m part of District 3 and hate it. I feel I’m not represented at all. It appears as though every plan divides Orange county into 3 or 4 districts, why can’t Orange county have their own District where we would have common interests.

    This particular plan, at least as far as District 3 is concerned is as bad as the current arrangement. We do not have the same interest as Jacksonville. Let us have our own District.

  2. David Lewin says:

    Thank you for taking the time and effort to create the map, I still believe Sean Phillippi’s congressional map provides the best representation for Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

  3. John Libby says:

    The 3rd Congressional District is what is called a “Benchmark” district. The Florida Senate’s redistricting website has a .pdf of three districts in Florida which are “Benchmark” districts the 3rd Congressional is one of them. State Senate 1 and 29 are the other two.
    According to the DOJ’s: http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/vot/sec_5/sec5guidance2011.pdf
    Florida’s 3rd will most likely remain a multi-county ink blot to meet the requirements of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. This plan meets those requirements.
    After completing the districts required to meet Federal Redistricting standards and law, the remainder of the districts were built by applying the Florida Constitutional standards as described in the “Fair Districts” Amendment 6, which was approved by voters. As a result 44 of Florida’s 67 counties are completely intact within a single Congressional District.

  4. Ken says:

    So why can’t Orange county be a “Fair District”.

    By naming the 3rd Congressional District a “Benchmark”, does that mean the DOJ decides they like to favor the representative currently in the seat?

  5. Ken says:

    Also when I moved to my current address I was in the 8th Congressional District. Then after 2000 they moved my address into the 3rd Congressional District. Does that mean the “Benchmark” grows at the will of the DOJ?

  6. John Libby says:

    Ken to your first point, Orange County like Duval has too much population to be entirely in one Congressional District. Because both counties have an ethnically diverse population, they end up being split into multiple districts to satisfy the requirements of Federal Law. The Third Congressional District has lost population in between 1990 and 2000 and again between 2000 and 2010. This results in the need to add new areas to the district, which is why you were moved from the 8th to the 3rd in 2000.
    There are a number of current Federal Court cases which basically ask the question, “Is the way we currently draw districts to comply with the Federal standards for minority access unconstitutional?” Hopefully the Courts will soon answer this question.
    Congressional Districts must be as close to the ideal population as possible to satisfy the one person one vote principal. There was a case where the deviation between the largest and smallest District was only 11 people and a Federal Court deemed this not to be acceptable and threw out the plan.

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