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Katherine Cunningham
Committee Chair

What is the Fair Redistricting Process?

The process used to make Redistricting decisions should be transparent and invite citizen participation.  The LWVUS states, "the League is committed to ensuring that maps are drawn fairly and accurately, with all voices considered and equitably represented.  This can only be achieved, with voices from all communities represented.  Congressional districts and government legislative bodies should be apportioned substantially on population.  We oppose partisan and racial gerrymandering that strips rights away from voters.  Political and racial gerrymandering distorts and undermines representative democracy by allowing officials to select their voters rather than voters to elect their officials.  When done for purposes of racial discrimination or to ensure the dominance of one political party, gerrymandering runs counter to equal voting rights for all eligible voters."

The LWV website has resources in which you can learn more:
One of the means to insure a transparent process is to use Redistricting commissions.  The commission can be comprised of voters who are diverse and representative of both political parties.

Learn more on the benefits and different approaches to using commissions here:
LWVFL has been a staunch advocate for a Redistricting process which insures representative democracy.  In 2010, voters approved two Constitutional amendments which stipulated what must occur in the process of Redistricting.  These amendments were drafted by LWVFL and partners.  LWVFL brought litigation in 2015 disputing the  State legislative redistricting maps.  The courts ruled in favor of LWVFL's position.  

Today LWVFL partners with the Fair Districts Coalition to advance the cause of Redistricting which insures a representative democracy.  Learn more here:

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BACKGROUND

Redistrictingis the redrawing of boundaries of electoral districts.

It’s done every 10 years following the U.S. Census. After the Census, each state’s number of Congresspeople in the U.S. House of Representatives is recalculated based on the current population.

Florida’s population was found to have grown by2.9 million residents in 2020, giving the state one additional congressional representative (from 27 to 28).
In Florida, the state legislature redraws the state’s U.S. congressional districts to reflect its number of representatives. It also redraws its state house and state senate districts.
Redistricting is often influenced by gerrymandering.

Gerrymandering is the politically motivated manipulation of district boundaries todeliberately disadvantage a group of voters based on their party affiliation or race.It’s used by the party in power to retain power, regardless of the voice of the voters.
WHERE WE'VE BEEN

The League of Women Voters of Florida believes congressional districts and government legislative bodies should be apportioned substantially on population. In 2010,63% of Florida votersapproved two constitutional amendments written by the League and our partners to help ensure fair redistricting. The amendments stipulated that Florida’s electoral districts must:equallydivide the population, be drawn withpartisan fairness, be drawn to providefair representation to minoritiesandbe compact. The amendments are widely referred to as the "Fair Districts" amendments.

In 2012, following the enactment of the Fair Districts amendments, the League and a coalition of civil rights groups filedtwo lawsuitsin response togerrymandering by political party operativesin Florida and won! During our litigation the state legislature spent$11 million of taxpayer dollars unsuccessfully defending its illegally drawn district maps.

In 2015, the courts approved new Congressional district boundariesdrawn by the Leagueand its partners. The fairly balanced districts directly contributed to the electoral wins of three non-white candidates in 2016.
WHERE WE'RE GOING

During the currentredistricting cycle, the League has already started work on ensuring the process is transparent and that districts are drawn fairly. Independently, and in conjunction with the recently formedFair Districts Coalition,the League has mobilized Floridians to pay attention to this historically secretive process and demand legislators make map drawing open and accessible with adequate input from the public.

The League has plans to continue our work in this area by keeping citizens informed, exerting pressure on elected officials, attending public hearings and encouraging our members to involve themselves in both the state and local processes.

The League also has a constant presence in the state capitol to meet with legislators and attend legislative committee meetings. If the process is kept from the public or if maps drawn and approved are not compliant with the Fair Districts amendments, the League stands ready to pursue legal avenues once again.
HOW YOU CAN HELP

Pay attention and stay informed!Believe what you see over what you hear.

  • Votersshould contact their elected officials to demand an open, fair process.
  • Encourage others to be vocal about transparency and fairness.
  • Organize fellow voters to exert pressure on elected officials.
  • Attend public hearings and participate in local redistricting.
  • Join your local League,if you have not done so already.

Please note that your gift to the League of Women Voters of Florida, a 501(c)(4) organization, is not tax-deductible. If you would like to make a tax-deductible gift to the League of Women Voters of Florida Education Fund,pleaseclick here.

HELP LWVCC REDISTRICTING COMMITTEE

You can help by being informed and being active in participating in the forums which are available to citizens to influence the Redistricting process. LWVCC will continue to update you on resources available to you.

You can also participate by attending the Board of Commissioners of Collier County meetings, dates and times shown in the calendar.  Other means of influence are writing Letters to the Editor.  If you would like to volunteer to join LWVCC on this issue, please send an email to Katherine Cunningham.