Black voters worried they will be disenfranchised.
Critics also complained about using a redistricting map drawn by a GOP operative convicted of a political dirty trick
And concerns about flawed population data underpinning Sarasota County’s redistricting effort remain.
Waechter’s map was heavily promoted Wednesday by Commissioner Mike Moran, who also may have the most to gain if it is enacted. . . .
But the majority of county commissioners pushed past those criticisms Wednesday and voted 3-2 to advertise two redistricting maps for a public hearing, including a map based on one drawn by former Sarasota GOP chairman Bob Waechter.
Newtown resident Barbara Langston, who is African American, complained that redistricting is “about voter suppression and it is about racism." . . .
Nobody from the crowd spoke in favor of redistricting.
Two maps chosen by Board for advertising ahead of final public hearing, and more map analysis here.
|Kurt Spitzer Associates|
|Bob Waechter map modified by Spitzer|