Fair Districting Standards
Although Broward County is not required to use Fair Districting Standards for Federal congressional and State legislative districts recently added to the State Constitution, the Board of County Commissioners determined that they should be used, to promote the public interest. Fair Districting Standards adopted by the Board of County Commissioners for the 2011 redistricting effort are:
- No apportionment plan or individual district shall be drawn with the intent to favor or disfavor a political party or an incumbent; and districts shall not be drawn with the intent or result of denying or abridging the equal opportunity of racial or language minorities to participate in the political process or to diminish their ability to elect representatives of their choice; and, shall consist of contiguous territory.
- Unless compliance with the standards in this subsection conflicts with the standards in subsection 1(a) or with federal law, districts shall be as nearly equal in population as is practicable; districts shall be compact; and, districts shall, where feasible, utilize existing political and geographical boundaries.
- The order in which the standards within subsections 1(a) and (b) of this section are set forth shall not be read to establish any priority of one standard over the other within that subsection.