Redistricting is the process of drawing boundaries for political districts in the United States and is usually done every 10 years after the decennial census. The redistricting process re-balances districts to account for population shifts, thus ensuring equal representation.
In 2021, per state law, Broward County, like all other counties in Florida, must redraw its County Commission districts to account for changes in population since the last decennial census.
In 2018, Broward County’s voters approved an amendment to the Broward County Charter that modified the County’s approach to redistricting. This amendment reinforces the County’s policy of protecting voting rights by prohibiting racial or partisan gerrymandering. Gerrymandering is the manipulation of electoral districts to favor or disfavor a particular person or group
In addition, the Broward County Charter requires the County to retain a public Florida college or university to draw the County Commission districts. After reviewing submissions from colleges and universities across Florida, Florida International University (FIU) was chosen to draw the new County Commission districts. In the coming months, FIU will solicit feedback from the community, review election and census data, and provide the Broward County Board of County Commissioners with several proposed redistricting plans. The public will have an opportunity to participate in public meetings and comment on the proposed plans.