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What is Redistricting?

Every ten years, local governments use new census data to redraw district lines to reflect how local populations have changed.  The goal of redistricting is to balance the population between commission districts. Redistricting is accomplished by adjusting the boundaries of Lee County's five at-large commission districts to account for population growth.

On this page, you will find important dates, maps, useful information and tools to better understand how the process works.


​​​ 2021 Lee County Commission Redistricting Report | En Espanol 

Updated October 26, 2021

Redistricting Report contains map alternatives 1 through 7.


On November 2, 2021 the Lee Board of County Commissioners directed Map Alternative 5 to be published for adoption consideration on November 16, 2021.

Map 5


Public Meetings

Meeting location: Old Lee County Courthouse, 2120 Main Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901

Stream video of Board meetings on LeeTVYoutube, or Facebook Live.

                 Meetings

October 5, 2021

October 19, 2021
November 2
6:00 p.m.
Review map options
Watch Public Hearing Here
​November 16
9:30 a.m.
Adopt New Map
Watch Public Hearing Here
December 7
9:30 a.m.
Certify to Secretary of State
Watch Certification Here


RESOURCES


Email us your ideas
Explore tools from State of Florida
Census Quick Facts


Send us an eComment
Map Alternatives
Map Quick View
REDISTRICTING ​TIMELINE


The data from the 2020 Census was released by the Census Bureau later in the year than in previous years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Redistricting, which is to be considered in odd-numbered years, is a process that normally takes ten months.  The delay in releasing the data has condensed this process to approximately four months. The following schedule reflects Lee County's intended timeline to complete the process.


September 2021

  • Review 2020 data
  • Examine need to redistrict
  • Prepare initial map options

October 2021

November 2021

  • Revise maps
  • November 2, 6:00 pm: Review map options
  • Provide notice of change to boundaries
  • November 16, 9:30 am: Adopt district maps
  • View agenda when available
  • Stream video of November 2, and November 16 Board meetings on LeeTVYoutube, or Facebook Live.

​December 2021


Current Map & Map Alternatives

Current Commission District Map

This map shows how the current commission districts are drawn. It also includes the population statistics from 2010 and 2020 to show the growth within the boundaries as they are currently drawn. The change in population from 2010 to 2020 is what makes the redistricting process necessary. The process will rebalance the population for each district.

Individual Proposed Maps

Each of these maps indicate the ways the boundaries could be redrawn to balance the population for each district. These options are reviewed by the commissioners and the public, who can submit their input and possible alternative maps. This process is key to selecting the map that will balance the population most fairly.



​Interactive Map

​This resource provides you with the ability to zoom in to street level to see exactly where the proposed boundaries will be.  This map includes alternative options 1-5,6(C), and 7.


Census Demographics

Population

Population by Commission District​
​Target 152,164
​District 1
​District 2
​District 3
​District 4
​District 5
​Current District
​ ​
​Population
​144,126
​160,138
​146,619
​152,571
​157,368
​Difference from Target
​-8,038
​7,974
​-5,545
​407
​5,204
​% Deviation from Target
​-5.28%
​5.24%
​-3.64%
​0.27%
​3.42%

Race/Ethnicity Population



​2020 Population
​Percent of Total 2020 Population 
​2010 Population
2010-2020 Percent Change
​Race
​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
​Total
​760,822
​100%
​618,754
​23.0%
​White Alone
​530,637
​69.7%
​513,496
​3.3%
​Black Alone
​58,916
​7.7%
​51,069
​15.4%
​American Indian & Alaska Native Alone
​3,828
​0.5%
​2,193
​74.6%
​Asian Alone
​13,090
​1.7%
​8,461
​54.7%
​Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander Alone
​312
​0.0%
​380
​-17.9%
​Some Other Race Alone
​56,861
​7.5%
​30,290
​87.7%
​2 or More Races
​96,178
​12.8%
​12,865
​655.4%
​Ethnicity
​Hispanic or Latino
​173,161
​22.8%
​113,308
​52.8%
​Not Hispanic or Latino
​587,661
​77.2%
​505,446
​16.3%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2020 and 2010 Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171).​

Notes: 
1. Percent figures are rounded.
2. Hispanic or Latino population may be of any race.
3. Responses provided on the decennial Census questionnaire are self-reported, include identification of Race; each individual completing the Census form identifies the race of all persons in the residence.  While it cannot be known with certainty what each individual means in selection the "Some Other Race" category, Census Bureau testing and research offers some insight.  For Example, some persons that self-identify as "Some Other Race" are of Hispanic or Latino ethnicities thus appear to view that ethnicity as a race, while the others may self-identify race based upon their country or region of origin, e.g. White Irish instead of White.

COUNTY, STATE & FEDERAL REDISTRICTING RESOURCES


Language Translations

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Haitian Creole: Tanpri itilize navigatè Entènèt Google Chrome nan pou wè paj sa a. Itilize tradiktè ki anwo adwat paj la pou chwazi lang ou prefere a. Konte Lee pral ofri dokiman ki tradui san sa pa koute w anyen.


ADA Accommodations

Lee County will generally, upon request, provide appropriate aids and services leading to effective communication for qualified persons with disabilities so they can participate equally in the County's programs, services and activities, including qualified sign language interpreters, documents in Braille, and other ways of making information and communications accessible to people who have speech, hearing or vision impairments.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a County program, service or activity, should contact Joan LaGuardia at 239-533-2314, Florida Relay Service 711, or ADArequests@leegov.com, as soon as possible but no later than five (5) business days before the scheduled event.

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