TAMPA — Hillsborough County commissioners are scheduled to hold a public hearing and vote Monday night on plans to redraw election boundaries.
Every 10 years, political districts from Congress to local offices are redrawn to ensure each member represents roughly the same number of people. That's true for the four commission seats that represent portions of the county. The other three are filled in countywide elections.
Hillsborough has the added burden of trying to ensure that at least one of its districts affords minorities a shot of winning as indicated by its demographic makeup. The county is under U.S. Justice Department supervision for past discrimination.
The proposed maps can see be seen at hillsboroughcounty.org/redistricting. The hearing is set for 6 p.m. at County Center, 601 E Kennedy Blvd. in Tampa.