Redistricting St. Pete
The City Charter requires a City Council redistricting process to occur every ten years in conjunction with the U.S. Decennial Census.
The Mayor’s Report
The process begins with the Mayor submitting a redistricting report to City Council outlining how new U.S. Census data affects current City Council Districts. According to the City Charter, City Council districts must:
- be formed in compact, continuous territory
- follow the centerlines of streets, rail lines, or natural boundaries
- follow voting precinct lines to the extent possible
- follow the mathematical preciseness reached in the legislative appointment of the state
The Mayor’s Report will apply those standards to the current City Council districts to determine whether changes are necessary, based on the new U.S. Census data, to achieve compliance with the City Charter.
The Redistricting Commission
Once the Mayor’s Report has been submitted to City Council, a nine-person citizens Redistricting Commission is established, with one Commissioner appointed by the Mayor and one Commissioner appointed by each of the eight Council Members. The Commission is responsible for creating and recommending new City Council districts that comply with City Charter requirements. The Commission has 60 days to submit a report to City Council that includes a map and description of the recommended districts, an ordinance that City Council can adopt to establish the recommended districts, and hold at least one public hearing on the report.
Starting May 17, residents are invited to share their interest in joining the Commission. More information is on the Redistricting Commission page.
City Council Action
After the Redistricting Commissions submits its report to City Council, Council has up to 60 days to accept the districts proposed by the Redistricting Commission through a majority vote or reject the districts proposed by the Commission by adopting districts drawn by City Council through a unanimous vote. If City Council does not take either action within 60 days, the districts proposed by the Commission are adopted and will go into effect.
Once City Council has adopted the new districts, the information is provided to the Supervisor of Elections and voter ID cards are updated to reflect the new City Council districts.
The following timeline has been established for the upcoming redistricting process:
- August 4, 2022: Redistricting Report submitted to City Council and the nine-person citizens Redistricting Commission is established.
- August 13 – October 13, 2022: Redistricting Commission reviews Redistricting Report and determines how to redistrict the City consistent with standards in the Charter. At least one public hearing must be held on the proposed redistricting.
- October 13, 2022: Redistricting Commission submits their report to City Council recommending new Council districts.
- December 13, 2022: Deadline for City Council to adopt the Redistricting Commission’s recommended districts or reject the districts proposed by the Commission and adopt districts drawn by City Council through a unanimous vote.