Florida Voting Districts

December 30, 2005 at 2:59 am Leave a comment

Appear to be in trouble:

A quick scan of the various different laws in different states does
reveal that Florida’s districting laws are pretty lax

Florida

Constitution, Article III, Section 16

Section 16. Legislative apportionment.

(a) Senatorial and Representative Districts. The legislature at its regular session in the second year following each decennial census, by joint resolution, shall apportion the state in accordance with the constitution of the state and of the United States into not less than thirty nor more than forty consecutively numbered senatorial districts of either contiguous, overlapping or identical territory, and into not less than eighty nor more than one hundred twenty consecutively numbered representative districts of either contiguous, overlapping or identical territory. * * *

This is probably the smallest number of guidelines of any state. I’m not saying
that’s necessarily bad (simple might be better), but more of the southern U.S.
including georgia and alabama have ammedments for voting rights acts i.e. legislation
that prohibits diluting minority groups by gerrymandering etc.

Hawaii for instance states:
2. No district shall be so drawn as to unduly favor a person or political faction.

In other words redistricting on a rather massive and partisan basis is definitely possible in Florida. Although as this campaign contributions map shows Orlando is primarily republican hence
having equality in districts would artifically boost other parties power:

http://www.cs.indiana.edu/cgi-pub/markane/projectFinal3.cgi?zipCode=32806&phoneLookup=no

peace,
A

That’s my initial look at it. The petition for better districting laws is here.

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Mari Nakamura Kaohsiung PC Rooms

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