Q: Who is in charge of redistricting?
U.S. House of Representatives Districts
The Florida Legislature is responsible for drawing new districts for Florida’s U.S. House of Representative districts. The map is subject to a gubernatorial veto and review by the Florida Supreme Court.
Florida House and Florida Senate Districts
The Florida Legislature is responsible for drawing new maps for Florida Senate and Florida House districts, which is passed by a joint resolution and reviewed by the Florida Supreme Court.
Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners
The Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners is responsible for drawing new district maps for four of the seven County Commissioner seats. The three remaining seats represent the entire county, so they do not have district maps.
Hillsborough County School Board
The Hillsborough County School Board is responsible for drawing new maps for five of the School Board districts. The other two seats represent the entire county.
City of Tampa
The Tampa City Charter requires the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission to draw new district maps every four years for four city council districts. The other three represent the entire city.
City of Plant City and City of Temple Terrace
In each of these municipalities, the city commission seats are at-large and all voters within those city limits may vote in each contest. Since there are no districts, there is no redistricting.
Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Office
Our office does not draw district lines. Our role begins once redistricting is completed. Once all the maps are approved, we make adjustments to precinct boundaries so that they align with the new district maps for federal, state and local offices. We then update our voter database and assign each voter to the districts and precinct that match their legal residence address.
Whenever there is a change in a district, precinct or polling place, we will send you a new Voter Information Card.