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HPUBC0160 – FGCU Class: Redistricting in Florida

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Summary:

  • Congressional Redistricting Plan
  • 27 Districts
  • Complete: YES
  • Contiguous: YES
  • Direct Impacts: Statewide
  • Submitted to the Florida House of Representatives
  • Submitted by Florida Gulf Coast University (Lee County) Class: Redistricting in Florida

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10 Responses - Comments are closed.

  1. Mike Trout says:

    I am a congressional candidate ( http://trout-2012.us ) and of all the statewide proposed maps, this is the first one that at a glance meets the compacting requirements of the process for South Florida. Congratulations.

    • David Lewin says:

      HPUBC0031 submitted by Sean Phillippi meets Fair Districts and provides the best representation for Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

  2. Mike Trout says:

    From the sky, looking down, I would have to disagree. The Phillipi map doesn’t appear anywhere near as compact as the Florida Gulf Coast University Map.

  3. This plan is very compact, but only has one district with around 50% black population. The current map has three. Our new constitutional amendments state clearly that no new map may diminish minority opportunities; this requirement gets a higher priority than compactness. So, Mr Trout and Mr Lewin, you should probably get used to the other maps.

  4. Mike Trout says:

    What’s the exact language of the requirement that no new map diminish minority opportunities? Can you please direct me to a resource that has all the language regarding the drawing requirements? I don’t see a link to it (although it may be here) on this website.

    I’m wondering if you don’t ‘diminish minority opportunities’ more by requiring some isolation (segregation) of districts using this methodology. We have a President who is black, in a country where black is still a minority (except in the prisons). So, it would seem that the country has moved a long ways forward in terms of race issues (not to diminish race as an issue). It occurs to me that by having a compact district, you bring people together more in terms of community.

  5. Visit http://www.floridaredistricting.org/Handlers/HouseContentDocumentRetriever.ashx?Leaf=housecontent/redistricting/Lists/Legal Resources/Attachments/3/ArticleIII_Section21_FloridaConstitution.pdf.

    The exact language is “and districts shall not be drawn with the intent or result of denying or abridging the equal opportunity of racial or language minorities to participate in the political process or to diminish their ability to elect representatives of their choice;”

  6. Mr. Trout, I came here making the same argument as you back with the first plans I submitted here. The argument is incorrect; maybe this will explain why. You mentioned the success of President Obama. Roughly, Mr. Obama’s success winning statewide in Florida (16% black) means that black folks have a 1 in 40 chance of winning the most votes from the ‘district’ of Florida. (40 presidential elections going back to 1845). This is a simplistic approach, but compare the historical ‘success’ rate from the racially gerrymandered districts. It is 100%.

  7. Mike Trout says:

    the problem i see with your illustration is that you are comparing an event in recent history (obama’s election) to events dating back to 1845, prior even to the emancipation of slaves. i don’t think that means that a black man has a one in 40 elections chance of being elected in the present, at all.

  8. Look at Duval County’s (~%30 black) election history (mayor, sheriff) going back to only to 1995. You’ll get similar results. A district that is 30% minority has a much less than 30% chance of electing that minority to office in places with a history (no matter how distant) of segregation.

  9. They cannot and should not be ignored, and deserve an equal opportunity to participate in the discussion.

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