Orlando redistricting underway as advisory board hosts first meeting

The process to redraw Orlando’s six districts is underway.

The Orlando Redistricting Advisory Board held its first official meeting on Tuesday evening at Orlando City Hall.

The board is compiled of nine representatives that were appointed by Orlando City Council’s six commissioners and Mayor Buddy Dyer during a February meeting. During Tuesday’s meeting, board members introduced themselves and briefly discussed the structure of the board.

In 2010, when the city last redrew its districts, the goal was to divide each district evenly to include between 39,000 and 40,000 residents.

As of April 2020, the population of Orlando was tallied at 307,573. In 2010, the city’s population was around 238,300.

Currently, the only district with a population above 50,000 is District 1. The advisory board will be tasked with making sure that each district includes as close to 51,262 residents as possible.

That means that the boundaries of the city will likely be redrawn to skew towards District 1, which incorporates the southwest quadrant of the city.

The board will host a series of public meetings for the community across each of the six districts. Those sessions are open to the public and will allow attendees to provide input regarding proposed changes to the districts.

To learn more about how to participate in a community meeting, can provide input, visit the City of Orlando Redistricting webpage.

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