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  1. Ken says:

    District 5, unfair gerrymandering. While most of the state has congressional districts that represent their community, District 5 has no common community. Jacksonville, Gainesville and Orlando communities have different interest. I would like to know what the political make up of the district is? I would suspect it’s loopsided in favor of the Democrats. Would that prove gerrymandering?

    I’m in Orlando, and 10 years ago I was in District 8, when the moved the line on District 3 to include our neighborhood. Now I would need to move across the street to be part of 8. In 8 I felt a part of the community, the last 10 years nothing.

  2. Robert Muniz says:

    I currently live in FL Congressional District 23, which will become District 20 under the FL House’s latest proposal. 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).

    Successive FL House proposals for the boundary between Congressional Districts 20 and 22 have suffered from this same defect. 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.

    The VRA looks at at least 50% majority minority composition. Voting rights legislation explictly states that the goal is to preserve minority representation, without any expressed intent of splitting the asiprations of different minority groups

    Any crtiticism of Senator Rich’s proposal for Congressional District 23 overlooks that it also contains 18% Hispanic voters (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.

    Finally, while 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.

    • Robert, thanks again for providing your feedback. This is the reply that I just posted to your other most recent post. “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.” In regards to the compactness of the proposed congressional district 20, mathmatically it is significantly more compact than the existing district 23. The proposed district would no longer go into Martin and St. Lucie County, so it’s number of county splits has also been reduced. Moreover, the district now contains 14 whole municapalities. The proposed district 20 is compliant with Sections 2 and 5 of the federal VRA, the state’s provisions for racial and language minorities, and it’s even a dramatic improvement in terms of commpactness, city splits and county splits.

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