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2021 Leon County Redistricting

What is County Redistricting?

Every 10 years, county governments use the new census data to redraw district lines to reflect how local populations have changed.  One of the most important goals of this process, called redistricting, is ensuring the populations between the County’s commission districts are as nearly equal as possible as is required by both the Florida Constitution (Article VIII, Section 1(e)) and the Florida Statutes (F.S. 124.01(3).

In addition to the constitutional and statutory requirements for redistricting, Leon County must comply with a 1983 United States District Court order that established the five County Commission single-member districts and two at-large County Commission seats as well as a minority-majority district (District 1) and a minority-access district (District 2).

According to the U.S. Census, Leon County's population grew 5.69% during the previous decade from 275,465 in 2010 to 291,148 in 2020. The 2020 census data has been utilized to re-draw the current County Commission districts and develop the proposed County Commission redistricting map provided below.  Consistent with the Florida Northern District Court’s holding in Calvin v. Jefferson County, the population totals used for redistricting do not include the incarcerated population within state and federal detention facilities.  The proposed County Commission district map does not impact the Leon County School Board Districts.

 

Now What?

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Frequently Asked Questions

 
Why does redistricting matter to me?

Redistricting determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a district for purposes of electing a County Commissioner in each of the five (5) County Commission districts.

 
What is the process for how the lines are redrawn?

To complete the redistricting process, Leon County convenes a redistricting workgroup to perform the necessary technical analysis to develop a proposed County Commission redistricting map for the Board’s consideration. On November 9th, the Board of County Commissioners the reviewed the workgroup’s proposed County Commission Redistricting Map and directed staff to commence with a public outreach campaign to solicit feedback prior to the scheduled December 14, 2021 public hearing. During the public hearing, the Board of County Commissioners will consider adopting the proposed Commission redistricting map inclusive of any revisions that result from public outreach efforts.

 
How many residents will be affected? 

The proposed County Commission district map maintains the current configuration of Districts 3, 4, and 5 while making minor adjustments to Districts 1 and 2 to bring its total population closer to the other districts. If approved, these changes will impact only 566 residents (less than .002% of the total County population) who would be moved from District 1 to District 2. Written notice will be provided to each residence impacted by the proposed changes to the commission district boundaries.

 
What is the timeline for redistricting?

In order for the new district boundaries to be utilized in the 2022 election, the new commission districts must be complete and adopted by the Board of County Commissioners by December 31, 2021.  If for some reason the County is unable to complete the process by this date, Section 124.01(3), Florida Statutes, permits counties to delay redistricting to the next odd-numbered year, which would be the year 2023.

 
Have there been any delays in the redistricting process due to COVID-19?

Yes. Historically, the County’s redistricting process has begun in March or April of the year following the U.S. Census. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the typical process for gathering and publishing Census data was delayed by approximately six (6) months, which has shortened the timeline for redistricting at both the state and local levels. However, like Leon County, the State and other counties have proceeded with condensed timelines in order to complete redistricting by December 31, 2021 and use the new commission boundaries in the 2022 elections.

 
What are majority minority and minority access districts?

A minority-majority district is a district in which the majority of the population is a racial or ethnic minority.  A minority access district is a district in which racial or ethnic minorities are not a majority of the population, but the minority population is large enough to elect a candidate of its choice.

 
Why are incarcerated individuals not included in the population total used for redistricting?

Removing the state and federal incarcerated population from the County’s total population is consistent with the court’s holding in Calvin v. Jefferson County, a 2015 lawsuit filed in the Florida Northern District Court, challenging the 2013 redistricting plan of Jefferson County as "prison gerrymandering." In this case the court found that the incarcerated population is not meaningfully affected by the decisions of the county commission and are therefore not constitutions of commission districts. Furthermore, the court determined that including incarcerated individuals in the population total used for drawing district boundaries is in violation of the Equal Protection Clause as it dilutes the voting and representational strength of voters in other districts.  In Leon County, this population includes 853 incarcerated individuals at the Federal Correctional Institute located in District 5 and 188 incarcerated individuals at the Community Release Center in District 1.

 
How can I give feedback?

Leon County residents can provide feedback using the comment form below. Comments can also be provided at the scheduled public hearing on December 14, 2021 at 6pm at the Leon County Courthouse. Click here for more information about attending the upcoming public hearing.

 

Questions? Send an email to redistricting@leoncountyfl.gov or call (850) 606-5300.