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H000C9043 – Florida House’s Redistricting Committee

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Summary:

  • Congressional Redistricting Plan
  • 27 Districts
  • Complete: YES
  • Contiguous: YES
  • Direct Impacts: Statewide
  • Submitted by the Florida House’s Redistricting Committee
  • For more information, visit the Florida House’s 2012 Redistricting Bills, Amendments and Resources page

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10 Responses - Comments are closed.

  1. This map violates Amendment 6 because it splits the 83,000 CDP of Poinciana into multiple districts. Yes, Poinciana is not a city but only because the legislature would not allow the people to vote on the issue. Keep a community of 83,000 persons in a single district.

  2. Mike Neven says:

    Congress district 17 put Lehigh Acres in a district that has nothing in common with the rest of the district. It appers to be the same old jerrimandering of the district as before when we were in the dumb bell district. Some much for this farce.

  3. I stand by my original comment dated Jan 13. It is a violation of amendment 6 to split up a geographical location defined as a single entity by the State of Florida into three seperate congressional districts. The map recomended by the Senate does not do this. I urge that the agreement reached between the Senate and the House respect the decision by Florida to define Poinciana as a single CDP, the decision by the voters in passing ammendment 6 and the wishes of the 83,000 persons residing in Poinciana to be within a single congressional district.

  4. Robert Muniz says:

    I currently live in FL Congressional District 23, which will become District 20 under FL House Plan H000C9043. This proposed District will have a 54% African-American population. However, the proposed boundaries under that plan for District 20 do not adequately meet the requirements of compactness, as it is defined in Amendment 6 to the FL Constitution (approved overwhelmingly by voters last November).

    Two strips of the proposed District 20 penetrate as pincers, deeply into the proposed Congressional District 22. The top pincer runs from north to south, down Interstate 95, from Palm Beach International Airport, to about downtown Boynton Beach. The bottom pincer goes south to north (up Interstate 95), from downtown Pompano Beach up to Deerfield Beach. In the process, about half a dozen municipalities up and down I-95 are therefore split amongst three Congressional Districts.

    It is not necessary to use such contrived boundaries to develop a local Congressional District that is majority African-American. For example, FL Senator Nan Rich’s proposal arrives at a desired result (with a proposed District 23 with 53% African-American population), that at the same time avoids the contrived boundaries between the proposed Districts 20 and 22 under FL House Plan H000C9043.

    • The seat the Senator Rich drew only had a 48% Black Voting Age Population (for the federal Voting Rights Act, you look at the Voting Age Population, not the total population). Therefore it raises Section 2 Voting Rights Act concerns. Additionally, the proposal by Senator Rich took the district out of Hendry County, a jurisdiction covered by Section 5 of the federal Voting Rights Act, raising the likelihood of a problem in the federal preclearance process.

      • Robert Muniz says:

        Hendry County may be covered under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, but that in itself is irrelevant for determing the proposed boundaries of Congressional Districts 20, 22, and 22. There is no specific statuatory requirement to include any portion of Hendry County within any given District.

        The VRA looks at at least 50% majority minority composition. Senator Rich’s proposal for Congressional District 23 also contains 11% Hispanic residents (including residents that are both Hispanic and Black). Looking at voting population only, Senator Rich’s proposed District 23 has a total of 59% minority residents.

      • Robert, thanks for the additional feedback. Just to give you some additional insight, Section 5 of the federal Voting Rights Act is actually very relevant in terms of determining the boundaries of the proposed congressional district 20. There is specific law, Section 5 of the VRA, that says representation for Hendry County’s minority communities cannot “backslide.” At this time, many African-American residents in Hendry County are represented in a district in which they can choose a candiate of the minority community’s choice. The ability must be by law maintained. Your reference to the VRA and majority-minority districts needs a little explanation as well. You are referring to Section 2 of the VRA. In that kind of analysis, you do not total together a coalition of minority communities. You look to see if there is a majority-minority voting age population of one particular racial or language minority group. The district in question here actually falls under both Sections 2 and 5 of the VRA, and therefore must be drawn in compliance with both. Senator Rich’s proposal failed on both accounts.

  5. mike stone says:

    i couldn’t agree more or say it any better than MR. ROBERT MUNIZ did.

  6. Adrien Helm says:

    The Amendments required geographic integrity, yet every Congressional district map creates a district on the shores of Tampa Bay that includes multiple counties, north, south, east and west. Why are these counties remnants clumped together instead of being part of their own counties? Politics! I’d rather see districts that make more geographical sense, as you’ve drawn elsewhere in the state.

    • Some districts are going to cross county lines. The #1 legal standard in redistricting is equal population. The congressional districts are drawn to be either the exact ideal poulation or 1 person greater. That’s the law. Therefore, some districts will have to cross county lines. As is, the proposed maps all dramatically increase the number of cities and counties kept whole. Hillsborough County is larger than a single congressional district, therefore at least one seat there will have to connect with a seat elsewhere.

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