When voters head to their polling places on Nov. 2, the reapportionment of congressional seats to correspond with census data may not be uppermost in their minds.
But redrawing the political boundaries of the state’s voting districts is a coveted task for the party in power.
The way the lines are drawn — to include or exclude pockets of voters that historically lean one way or the other — can turn a district from Democrat to Republican or vice versa.
That’s why Republicans and Democrats alike contend the results of Tuesday’s election will have long-lasting impact.
As Republican legislator Brian Bosma, a one-time state House speaker, told an audience last week, to the victors will go the spoils of redistricting.
“This election will determine the leadership of this state for the next decade,” Bosma said.