Marshall in the Middle

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Amendment 5 & 6 Governor Scott to Deep 6 ?

Florida's Governor Rick Scott has stalled the process of moving these voter approved amendments for fair redistricting. His reasons are not clear, and this blog will report any information that comes forth that seems truthful. I encourage anyone who understands the oppostion to this bill to please make comments here ! I still don't understand why anyone would be against it other than the state legislators who don't feel confident enough in their performance to be reelected. "Throw the bums out" is difficult when your "bum" changes periodically. If you're not familiar with gerrymandering you weren't paying attention in 10th grade civics.... (just kidding). Gerrymandering is when our so called "leaders" will get together and draw the boundaries for our voting districts so that it will be to the most benefit of those who are already in power. Read my "Boss Hogg" letter written to the Orlando Sentinel, the Blog posting previous to this one, to get an even more clear view of my opinion of gerrymandering. For the benefit of all you reading this, I am pasting in the wording of Amendment 6. The reason so many people don't identify with their legislator is because our districts are constantly changing shapes, so we can never really get a handle on what exactly is our "district" and who is that "district's" leader?

Amendment 6

"Congressional districts or districting plans may not be drawn to favor or disfavor an incumbent or political party. Districts shall not be drawn to deny racial or language minorities the equal opportunity to participate in the political process and elect representatives of their choice. Districts must be contiguous. Unless otherwise required, districts must be compact, as equal in population as feasible, and where feasible must make use of existing city, county and geographical boundaries."
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