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Issues and Voices that Matter October 12, 2010

Redistricting Debate

Redistricting DebateIs redistricting the way to establish clear fairness standards and end gerrymandering? Or does it dilute the voting rights of minorities? Both sides of this controversial issue are heard at this forum held by the League of Women Voters of Seminole County Florida.
Feature Length — 1:40:25


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Hear responses from two subject matter experts on proposed Amendments 5 & 6 to the Florida Constitution. Each amendment question will appear on the ballot for all Florida voters in the November 2 general election.

Ben Wilcox, consultant and former director of Common Cause Florida, speaks in favor of Amendments 5 and 6 – often called the Fair Districts Amendments – which proponents say would prohibit manipulation of legislative and Congressional districts for political purposes. Senator-elect, from district # 22 in Central Florida, David Simmons makes the case against the amendments. Critics claim that the goals are impossible to meet and would prevent drawing districts to level the playing field for minorities.

After 7-minutes of welcome and introductions, the debate between the two speakers runs 53- minutes. It is followed immediately by 34-minutes of responses by the speakers to 9-questions submitted to the moderator by the audience.

This event — known by the League as a “Voter Forum” — was held Thursday evening, September 30, 2010 at the Heathrow campus of Seminole State College. The forum drew more than 40 league members and members of the public.

The event was hosted by Jane Lane, president of the Seminole League and facilitated by league member Pat Southward. The debate was moderated by Marilyn Crotty, director of University of Central Florida’s Institute of Government and executive director of the Tri-County League of Cities.

Speakers

Ben Wilcox, proponent, consultant and former director of Common Cause Florida (photo - GK Sharman)
Ben Wilcox
proponent, consultant and former director of Common Cause Florida

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David Simmons, opponent, state senator-elect, from district # 22 in Central Florida (photo - GK Sharman)
David Simmons
opponent, state senator-elect, from district # 22 in Central Florida

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Forum facilitators

Jane Lane, president, League of Women Voters of Seminole County
Jane Lane
president, League of Women Voters of Seminole County
Pat  Southward, member, League of Women  Voters of Seminole County (photo - provided by Pat Southward
Pat Southward
member, League of Women Voters of Seminole County
Marilyn Crotty, moderator, director of University of Central Florida’s Institute of Government and executive director of the Tri-County League of Cities (photo - CMF Public Media)
Marilyn Crotty
moderator, director of University of Central Florida’s Institute of Government and executive director of the Tri-County League of Cities

The John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Government (IOG) at the University of Central Florida

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Pictures

Photos courtesy – GK Sharman and CMF Public Media

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Ben Wilcox, proponent, consultant and former director of Common Cause Florida (photo - CMF Public Media)

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