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.
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.
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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.
- Review 2020 data
- Examine need to redistrict
- Prepare initial map options
Current Map & Map Alternatives
| 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.
| 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. |
|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.|
Target 152,164||District 1||District 2||District 3||District 4||District 5|
|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%|
Percent of Total 2020 Population ||
2010-2020 Percent Change|
|American Indian & Alaska Native Alone||3,828||0.5%||2,193||74.6%|
|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%|
|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).
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
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