2017 Florida Statutes
18.08 Definitions.—In accordance with s. 8(a), Art. X of the State Constitution, the United States Decennial Census of 2010 is the official census of the state for the purposes of congressional redistricting.
(1) The following delineation of congressional districts employs areas included within official county, voting tabulation district, tract, and block boundary descriptions used by the United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, in compiling the United States Decennial Census of 2010 in this state. The populations within these census geographic units are the population figures reported in the counts of the United States Decennial Census of 2010 provided to the state in accordance with Pub. L. No. 94-171.
(2) As used in this act, the term:
(a) “Block” describes the smallest geographic unit for which population was tabulated in the 2010 decennial census. Blocks are nested within tracts and within voting tabulation districts. A block is identified by a four-digit integer that is unique within a tract but is not necessarily unique within a voting tabulation district.
(b) “Tract” describes a relatively permanent statistical subdivision of a county updated by local participants prior to the 2010 decennial census. Tracts consist of whole blocks and are nested within counties. Tracts are identified uniquely within a county by an up to four-digit integer and may have an optional two-digit suffix.
(c) “Voting tabulation district” describes a subdivision of a county established in Phase 2 of the 2010 Census Redistricting Data Program. Voting tabulation districts consist of whole blocks and are nested within counties. Voting tabulation districts subdivide counties in ways supervisors of elections determined are efficient for conducting elections and keeping communities whole. Voting tabulation districts are identified uniquely within a county by an up to four-digit integer.
History.—s. 1, ch. 2014-255.
1Note.—On July 9, 2015, the Florida Supreme Court held portions of the congressional district map unconstitutional in The League of Women Voters of Florida v. Detzner, 172 So. 3d 363 (Fla. 2015), and relinquished the case to the trial court with directions to the Legislature to redraw districts 5, 13, 14, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, and all other districts affected by the redrawing. The Legislature was unable to produce a map, and the districts were determined by court order in Romo v. Detzner and Bondi and The League of Women Voters of Florida v. Detzner, Case Nos. 2012-CA-00412 and 2012-CA-00490, Fla. 2d Jud. Cir. Ct., October 9, 2015; the final congressional redistricting plan was approved by the Florida Supreme Court, The League of Women Voters of Florida v. Detzner, No. SC14-1905 (Fla. December 2, 2015).