City of Ocala in the process of redistricting
The city of Ocala will host an information session about redistricting, explaining map utilization and demographic information, at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the Lillian Bryant Community Center, 2200 NW 17th Place, Ocala.
During a workshop held Nov. 8, the city staff outlined two redistricting options.
The Ocala City Council has the authority, by statute to redraw district boundaries during its regular session in the second year following results from the U.S. census, which is performed every 10 years.
The goal of redistricting is to draw boundaries for districts that ensure equal representation based on the population that live within them.
Although city elections are citywide, allowing all registered voters to vote for all open seats, no matter which district they reside in, the candidates representing those districts must reside in the district for which they run.
According to a media release issued by the city, this will be the public’s final opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed redistricting.
The recorded presentation from Oct. 13 is available for viewing, along with the Ocala City Council workshop held Nov. 8.