Census data coming — let the political boundary-drawing beginby George Bennett | March 17th, 2011
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The information — including information on race, Hispanic origin and voting-age population within specific geographic areas — will provide the raw material for the legislature’s once-in-a-decade redrawing of congressional districts and state legislative boundaries.
Redistricting is historically a process that produces crazy-quilt maps as parties and incumbents seek to protect their interests. But Florida voters in November approved a pair of “Fair Districts” amendments that say districts “may not be drawn to favor or disfavor an incumbent or political party” and must be contiguous and compact, while at the same time not denying minorities “the equal opportunity to participate in the political process and elect representatives of their choice.”