What is redistricting?
Every ten years, local governments use new census data to redraw their district lines to reflect how local populations have changed. The goal of redistricting is to readjust the population between commission districts so that no commission district includes substantially more individual residents than the others. Redistricting is accomplished by adjusting the boundaries of Lee County's five at-large commission districts to account for population growth.
Lee County Charter, Section 2.2: https://www.leegov.com/charter
Florida Constitution, Article VIII, Section 1: https://www.flsenate.gov/laws/constitution#A8
Florida Statutes, Chapter 124.01 (3):
Decennial redistricting is based on population data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau. Because the Census Bureau is releasing data extremely late this cycle, and because redistricting is to be considered in odd numbered years, a normally ten month process will be condensed to approximately four months. The following schedule reflects Lee County's intended timeline for completing the process.
September 2021||Review 2020 data|
Examine need to redistrict
Prepare initial map options
October 2021||Discuss census data in a public hearing|
November 2021||Revise maps|
Review map options during a public hearing
Provide notice of change to boundaries
Adopt district maps during a public hearing
December 2021||Board of County Commissioners formally directs submission to the Department of State|
Public meetings for the 2021 redistricting schedule
Public hearing to review preliminary map options|
Public hearing to review map options|
Public hearing to adopt new map|
Agenda item to certify to the Secretary of State|
Meetings take place at 9:30 a.m. at the Old Lee County Courthouse, 2120 Main Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901
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%|
Race/Ethnicity Population Table
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.
Redistricting Data and Resources
Census Bureau Press Kit: https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-kits/2021/2020-census-redistricting.html