Frequently Asked Questions
Amendments 5 and 6 to the Florida Constitution, as approved by voters in 2010, imposed new criteria on the state legislative redistricting process.
- Do these amendments impact the Miami-Dade County Commission Redistricting process?
- Is it necessary to redraw the Commission District boundaries?
- How are “Communities of Interest” identified?
Do these amendments impact the Miami-Dade County Commission Redistricting process?
No, they do not apply to redistricting under the County’s Home Rule Charter. However, because commission races are nonpartisan the criteria is essentially the same (i.e. one-person, one-vote, compliance with Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and respect for traditional redistricting principles)
Is it necessary to redraw the Commission District boundaries?
Yes. “One Person, One Vote” requires Commission Districts to have relatively equal population. Following the decennial release of population data from the US Census, the Commission must redraw the district boundaries due to the uneven population growth which occurred in the county during the last ten years.
How are “Communities of Interest” identified?
Communities of interest are areas that are bound together by shared interests (i.e. political, cultural, etc.). These areas are identified through Census data and input received from the community. Consideration of such communities is among the traditional redistricting principles used in redrawing district boundaries.Back to Top Page Last Edited: Thu Oct 13, 2011 3:17:46 PM
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