Redistricting refers to the process by which census data is used to redraw the lines and boundaries of electoral districts within a state to ensure that districts are substantially equal in population. Every ten years, each state is required by the U.S. Constitution to redraw the congressional and legislative boundary lines based upon census results. The Florida Legislature is responsible for making the necessary adjustments to these boundary lines, also called districts. Redistricting will change the districts for federal congressional lines and state house and senate districts according to changes in the population.
The deadline for redistricting in the state of Florida is June 18, 2012. The 2010 census population data will be used to redraw the lines for the 2012 primary and general elections. Since the districts will be changing, your representative in Federal and State government may also change. The Elections Office will mail new voter identification cards if redistricting affects the voters in Duval County and a notice will be published in the newspaper.
Here are some helpful websites to help you follow the redistricting process.
Memorandum addressing the reapportionment process
Florida House of Representatives
Receive email alerts and view redistricting as it happens with MyDistrictBuilder map from the U.S. House of Representatives at www.FloridareDistricting.org.