“Redistricting” may sound like bureaucratic gobbledygook, but it’s one of the crucial challenges that determines who represents you and how much of a voice you have in deciding the local issues that affect your life.
We need your advice this fall about how to redraw the borders of the nine county commissioners’ districts.
Using fresh census data every ten years, the commission redraws the boundaries to ensure the population remains equal in each district and assure fair representation. This year, the commission will vote on the changes by late November or early December.
To begin with, a number of workshops have been slated for the public to learn the basics of the process and provide input, including two close to you in district 5:
Sept. 26, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Tree Tops Park / Oak Auditorium
3900 S.W. 100th Ave., Davie
Sept. 29 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Government Center West
1 University Drive, Plantation
Then the commission will hold two public hearings sometime in October and early November. Once again, your input is needed. One way to plot out your ideas is by drawing boundaries on your own maps. The State of Florida has developed Web-based software that the public can access for free at www.floridaredistricting.net. Click the button “My District Builder.”
Staff from the County Planning and Redevelopment Division can advise you on using the software and submitting maps. Paper maps are also available, with voter precincts and current Commission district boundaries noted, for people who want to draw maps by hand.
If you have any questions on the redistricting process or want any additional information please visit the redistricting website, or contact the County Planning and Redevelopment Division at 954-357-6602.