Florida now knows it will get two new seats in Congress thanks to the latest U.S. Census numbers.
But where those seats will be is going take some time.
The Florida Legislature has created a timeline for redistricting the predicts Florida’s new districts will be finalized in June 2012 – just two months before the 2012 primary elections.
Here’s how the timeline looks right now.
March 2011 - Census publishes more detailed population counts for counties and cities.
June 2011 - First version of redistricting map goes goes online.
July 2011 – October 2011 - Statewide public hearings on proposed maps.
December 2011 - Second version of redistricting maps online
January 2012 - Legislature holds annual session early to have enough time to produce redistricting map.
Early March 2012 - Legislature pass redistricting map that then goes to a Supreme Court review for 30 days.
April 2012 to June 2012 - U.S. Justice Department reviews maps to assure civil rights laws are followed.
June 2012 - New Districts take effect
June 18, 2012 - Qualifying to congressional candidates begin
August 28, 2012 - Florida Primary elections
November 6, 2012 – Election Day