Florida’s first redistricting proposals are in. Members of the public have started to submit maps on FloridaRedisting.gov.
Even as hearings with lawmakers remain dominated by tutorials on the map-drawing software, amateur cartographers from across the state and beyond have already jumped into the process. Congressional maps have been submitted by Oscar Bednar of Austin, Texas; Anthony Cabrera of Bradenton; Bryson Leininger of St. Cloud; Chris Nurse of Groveland, and Rabi Warda of Jacksonville.
Lawmakers this year have required the identity of all submitted maps to be available with the proposals. None of the individuals to file maps thus far has any significant digital footprint, and it’s unclear what interests they may hold in the reapportionment process.
Florida’s baseline map shows the existing 27 congressional districts as they stand pre-redistricting.
But the maps do demonstrate how many ways Florida can be cut into 28 parts. In the case of Nurse, the eager map maker also submitted designs on a 40-district state Senate and a 120-district state House plan as well.
Rep. Tyler Sirois, chair of the House Congressional Redistricting Subcommittee on Wednesday expressed excitement that proposals have already started to roll in.
“As far as public input goes, this website is phenomenal,” Sirois said. “The resources it