Florida Supreme Court orders redrawing of some U.S. congressional districts

 

Florida is taking a step in the right direction with this recent decision. RawStory reports:

Florida State’s high court found the legislature’s redistricting plan was “constitutionally invalid,” and ordered the redrawing of some of the state’s U.S. congressional districts before the 2016 elections.

The court said two of the state’s 27 congressional districts, currently occupied by Democrat Corrine Brown of Jacksonville and Republican Daniel Webster in the Orlando area, need to be redrawn, as well as adjacent districts.

A circuit court judge ruled last year that the legislature’s 2012 maps “made a mockery” of anti-gerrymandering provisions in the state’s constitution.

“The court has made it abundantly clear that partisan gerrymandering will not be tolerated,” said attorney David King, representing a group of plaintiffs led by the League of Women Voters of Florida and Common Cause.



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