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Ocala’s final public session on redistricting to be held on November 30

The City of Ocala will host its final informational public session this week to cover the process of redistricting, including demographic information and map utilization, along with the city’s proposed redistricting maps.

This information session, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 30 at the Lillian F. Bryant Community Center, which is located at 2200 NW 17th Place.

The city has held two previous public meetings and a city council workshop to discuss the potential district changes. By ordinance, the Ocala City Council has the authority to redesignate the boundaries of each district after each decennial census conducted by the United States Government.

Redistricting is the process of drawing boundaries for political districts to ensure equal representation. It is also a reflection of population shifts as a result of the recent 2020 United States Census within the city limits. City elections are citywide, and all registered voters may vote for all open seats regardless of the district that they reside in.

According to the city, the session on November 30 will be the final opportunity for the public to provide feedback on the proposed redistricting. Staff will be available to answer questions.

A recording of the presentation from the public meeting on Thursday, October 13 is available for viewing, along with the Ocala City Council workshop that was held on Tuesday, November 8.

For more information, please contact the City of Ocala Growth Management Department at 352-629-8404.