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Hillsborough County Commission approves new voting districts

Residents countywide will find themselves voting in different Hillsborough County Commission districts come 2012.

The changes conclude a monthslong redistricting process and would move several neighborhoods into new commission districts based on redrawn boundary lines. The plan that commissioners approved Monday night must still be approved by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Under the new map, all of western Hillsborough moves from District 2 to District 1. This includes Westchase, Keystone and all areas in between. Generally speaking, the new District 1 wraps from the northwestern edge of the county through Town 'N Country and South Tampa and also encompasses most of the South Shore.

The southernmost neighborhoods along Tampa Bay will move from District 1 back into District 4, including Sun City.

Parts of Brandon and Valrico north of State Road 60 will become part of District 2, with the portions on the south side of SR 60 remaining in District 4.

District 2 includes areas in northern Hillsborough, as well as Brandon and Valrico.

District 3 includes central, east and north Tampa. District 4 is Plant City and nearly all of southeastern Hillsborough.

Once a decade, the commission must redraw boundary lines based on the latest census data to ensure each of the four districts have the same number of people. The remaining three seats are elected countywide.

Tia Mitchell can be reached at (813) 610-1268 or tmitchell@sptimes.com.

Hillsborough County Commission approves new voting districts 06/23/11 [Last modified: Thursday, June 23, 2011 4:31am]
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