Reshaping Florida Politics – Again

by Rachel Baker on August 25, 2015

Today marks the first hearing for Leon County Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis on redrawing the congressional map of Florida. Here is an article from two days ago by the Miami Herald that discusses the 1992 redrawing and how it affected the state politics. If nothing else, this is an interesting and important read if you are a voting resident of this state.

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Move to let court draw maps could reshape Florida politics — again

The 1992 redistricting session ended in stalemate over a congressional map and legislators turned the job over to a three-judge panel of federal judges. The court’s signature change was the creation of a sprawling, wishbone-shaped minority-majority seat that linked black communities in 14 counties from Jacksonville to Orlando and back through Gainesville.

The argument: the federal Voting Rights Act protections required the state to link minority communities together where possible to create districts where black and Hispanic voters could elect candidates of their choice.

Now that sprawling district is at the heart of the redistricting ruling from the Florida Supreme Court that ordered the Legislature to redraw its congressional map and specifically end the practice of dividing counties through the center of the state in order to create a black-majority district.

This time, judges specifically ordered that the district run east-west along the northern counties of the state and, because the legislature couldn’t get the job done, the task will go to Leon County Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis. He has until Oct. 17 to get a plan complete and send it to the Florida Supreme Court for final review.

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