Rest easy, Florida voters: Chances are your election ballot is not wrong (unless you’re missing the medical-marijuana question in Broward County, in which case, it probably is).
For several weeks, the Miami Herald has fielded calls and emails from alarmed voters — mostly from Miami-Dade County — worried that their mail-in ballots list the wrong districts for U.S. Congress or Florida Senate.
In all the cases so far, the ballots have been right.
The confusion seems to come from voters holding on to outdated registration cards — or looking up details on websites that aren’t intended to be voting tools.
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One voter cited GovTrack.us, the independent website that conveniently allows users to plug in their addresses and figure out who their elected representatives are. What GovTrack doesn’t do is reflect Florida’s latest round of redistricting. Neither does the U.S. House of Representatives site.
Both sites tell users who their current representatives are. No representatives have actually been elected yet to serve in the redrawn districts. (GovTrack specifically tells users: “You may be voting in a different district in November. To prepare for voting in the 2016 elections, please consult other resources.”)
Perhaps most concerning is that one of the voters who contacted the Herald on Friday had gotten the wrong map information from the office of their existing member of Congress.
For the updated information, voters should turn to the state’s redistricting map, which reflects the boundaries ordered by the Florida Supreme Court in December 2015 after protracted litigation.
This story has been updated to reflect that GovTrack is an independent site, and that it tells users their districts might have changed.