Florida’s political landscape has been redrawn.
Every 10 years after the census, lawmakers redraw the maps of the Florida Senate and House and its delegation to the US Congress.
How they divide the state is vital to each party’s chances of getting as many seats as possible. Knowing the demographics and voting habits of certain neighborhoods makes it easier to guess how a district’s electorate will vote in the future.
These maps will be in effect for the Florida State Primary Elections in August and the General Elections in November, unless a court blocks them.
While the new maps of the state House and Senate districts of the Legislative Assembly have already been approved by the state’s highest court, the Congressional map is in legal limbo.
Gov. Ron DeSantis in March vetoed the Congressional map originally adopted by his fellow Republicans in Tallahassee, who later announced they would rely on him to draw the map. The Legislative Assembly eventually adopted the map created by DeSantis’ team.
The governor’s plan creates 20 Republican-leaning districts out of just eight Democratic-leaning districts. Voting rights groups have sued, arguing that DeSantis’ map violates a rule in the state Constitution prohibiting mapmakers from making it harder for racial minorities to elect the candidates they want. (In this case, it’s because it would eliminate a reliable blue district in North Florida with a large share of black voters.)
It also means one less Democratic-leaning district in Tampa Bay, which has already caused the abandonment of two eminent candidates.
See for yourself how the new maps will affect Florida — and your vote.
The Tampa Bay Times compiled demographic information from the state’s voter guide and election results collected by the University of Florida and Wichita State University. Using this information, we calculated how each old and new district would have voted in recent elections.
Type an address or tap a point on the map to see which new neighborhoods you’ll be in and what it means to you.
The dots on the map show how many people voted in each constituency in the 2020 presidential election, and whether they voted more for Joe Biden (blue) or Donald Trump (red).
In the details below, see how your region has voted recently and what their electorate looks like.
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