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One thing is certain about redistricting ruling: November uncertainty

The court ruling that invalidated Florida’s congressional districts this week will give voters in November’s elections something they are used to: uncertainty.

Leon County Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis rejected the Legislature’s 2012 congressional map and specifically ordered two of the state’s 27 districts redrawn to comply with the state’s Fair Districts constitutional amendment.

U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, a Jacksonville Democrat, should see her sprawling district become more compact and follow traditional political boundaries, Lewis ruled. And U.S. Rep. Dan Webster, a Winter Garden Republican, should have his Orlando-based district revamped to eliminate the partisan advantage that came when lawmakers swapped out Hispanic Democrats for white Republicans.

Among the harsh criticism Lewis directed at the Republican-controlled Legislature was that they allowed “improper partisan intent” to infiltrate the redistricting process and seemingly ignored evidence that partisan political operatives were “making a mockery” out of their attempts to conduct themselves with transparency.

Lewis also retained jurisdiction over the case, meaning any remedy will have to be approved by him. How and when that happens is not clear and Lewis did not give any guidance.

Republicans uniformly said Friday that they are reviewing the ruling and won’t comment. Privately, some suggest that the remedy is simple — the Legislature need only adopt a previous version of the congressional map and be done.

But lawyers for the coalition led by the League of Women Voters that brought the legal challenge disagree. More here. 

 

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ed jenkins

The citizens are disgusted that this one judge thinks he is the most able cartographer in the state and has declared himself as the decision maker over these mundane administrative government procedures when the citizens elected congressional members to do so. They request that this man immediately dismiss all of these lawsuits so that the courts can be used for their intended purpose and these cartographers and group that claims to represent one sex of voters can take these issues up with their local congressman instead.

Bill Thompson

The citizens are pleased with the judge upholding and enforcing the constitutional amendments that were approved by 60%+ of the voters, which were being manipulated by the GOP legislative leaders and their political operatives to their advantage, which was violated the constitutional amendments.

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