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 changes 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 was June 18, 2012. The 2010 census population data was used to redraw the lines for the 2012 primary and general elections. Since the districts changed, your representative in Federal and State government may have changed. The Elections Office mailed new voter identification cards if redistricting affected the voters in Duval County.
Here are some helpful websites to help you follow the redistricting process.
Memorandum addressing the reapportionment process
Florida House of Representatives
For maps and information go to www.FloridareDistricting.org.