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Census data coming — let the political boundary-drawing begin

by George Bennett | March 17th, 2011

Will oddly shaped districts like West Palm Beach-to-Fort Myers state Senate District 27 survive in the "Fair Districts" era?

The U.S. Census Bureau is expected to publicly release local population data for Florida this afternoon after delivering the information to Gov. Rick Scott and legislative leaders late Wednesday.

Check out later today for updates.

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.”

3 Responses to “Census data coming — let the political boundary-drawing begin”

  1. Chuck Says:

    And that “Fair District” also stated that LANGUAGE should be a consideration when drawing boundaries.

    Isn’t English the official language of the USA? Kudos to those who speak other languages, but ENGLISH is the language of our country.

  2. Independent Voter Says:

    The USA does not have an official language. The state of Florida’s official language is English.

  3. corrections Says:

    The data was received this morning by the Legislature and others…

    And to the other bloggers, Florida has previously and will continue to consider language minorities. It has nothing to do with the official language of the country. It has to do with communities of people with similar interests.

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