Every ten years, statewide redistricting provides an opportunity for us to ask ourselves: How fair and just are the voting district boundaries in Florida for those of us living in Sarasota County? How do we as citizens propose to adjust the boundaries so that they are as fair and just as possible? On Tuesday, August 30, we will have a special opportunity to come together as a community to exchange ideas about redistricting. (See this article in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune for further details.) A discussion will be hosted by a panel of Florida state legislators - it will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Harry Sudakoff Conference Center on the New College campus.
Check out the "MyDistrictBuilder" software on the FloridaRedistricting.org website to create your own proposed map for redistricting, which you can then send directly to the legislature. Click here to see how SCOPE is using GIS mapping of local data to help inform the discussions as well - we are eager to take a look at how district boundaries promote fairness and justice here in Sarasota County, in terms of being:
- Consistent with city/county/geographic boundaries
- Balanced so as not to favor a particular political party or incumbent
- Comparable in terms of number of residents who actually are eligible to vote
- Sensitive to the wisdom of the full diversity of our community
Once you've had a chance to take a look, we hope you'll share your ideas about redistricting - on the SCOPE Blog, through FloridaRedistricting.org, and at the upcoming community discussion on August 30!