A Vote On Sarasota County's Redistricting Today
Today is the day Sarasota County Commissioners select a final map that establishes new boundary lines for the five commission districts. On Monday, City Commissioners said that the redistricting plan disenfranchises voters and relies on flawed population data.
According to the Herald-Tribune, Commissioner Willie Shaw argued that county commissioners should wait until after the 2020 census when there will be better population data to redraw the boundaries for each County Commissioner's district.
One map under consideration makes significant changes to District 1, which removes Newtown , and puts it in District 2. Under that scenario, Newtown residents would vote in 2022 instead of 2020.