In 2015 we adjusted voting precinct lines to better serve our voters, and some voting locations have changed.
Every 10 years, after the U.S. Census is released, federal, state and local district lines are redrawn so that the population is evenly distributed. We then go through a reprecincting process, updating precinct lines to ensure that our Miami-Dade voters have a pleasant voting experience.
Our main goal was to align new precinct lines with the district boundary lines that were created during the 2012 redistricting process, with as little voter movement as possible before the 2014 Primary and General Elections.
By doing that, we were able to get rid of "split" precincts, where voters with different ballots would vote at the same location. It also allowed us to reduce the number of voters at locations that were too crowded at times.
What changed with reprecincting?
On March 18, 2014, the Board of County Commissioners passed Resolution 288-14, approving the reprecincting plan, which went into effect on June 20, 2014. Precinct and polling place changes included:
- 6 percent of registered voters having a new polling place on Election Day
- 566 Polling Places (increase of 25 Polling Places)
- 812 Precincts (decrease of 236 precincts operationally)
Because of reprecincting, some voters saw changes in their voting experience during the August 26, 2014 Primary and November 4, 2014 General elections:
- All affected voters received a new Voter Information Card before the August 26 Primary Election.
- Some voters voted at a new polling place.
- Some voters voted at the same polling place, but were assigned a new voting precinct number.
How do I know if I was affected?
The Elections Department notified all 170,000 affected voters by mail. Affected voters received two notifications prior the August 26, 2014 Primary. The first notification included a new Voter Information Card. The second notification reminded affected voters of their new precinct or polling place assignments.
Check out your latest district and precinct information by going to our Voter Information page.