Remove politics from redistricting
Now that Hernando County has redistricted itself until 2020, it's time to really get a handle on it. While all the nonjury-rigging got us truly jury-rigged districts — again — it's time to really be serious and think about the future.
All the legislation, ideology and mandates say that the districts should be equal in population (34,500, according to 2010 U.S. Census) and as contiguous as possible.
So, pass a new county ordinance declaring that all redistricting henceforth will be by latitude and longitude lines within Hernando. Since we do not now know the incumbents in 2020 and beyond, we will have eliminated all politics from the process.
Start at the southwest corner of the county (where the address numbers also start) and go east along County Line Road and north up the Gulf of Mexico to create a square or rectangle until 34,500 people are included.
Go east or north and create the same population grouping, and continue until the whole county is divided into five squares/rectangles of 34,500 citizens each.
As the population grows within any specific district, move all the lines (change all the districts) east/west, north/south to make that accommodation.
If gerrymandering must be done to accommodate rivers, lakes, major roadways, neighborhoods, gated communities, etc., then it will be minimal without politicking.
We've got 10 years to create the legislation, inform all the future candidates of the new system and be ready for 2020.
Hamilton Hanson, Weeki Wachee