Equating the Legislature's redistricting failure to a strike out, the challengers to the state's congressional redistricting efforts on Thursday called on the Florida Supreme Court to redraw the map it invalidated and reject the Legislature's call for more time.
"Faced with the Legislature’s disregard of its mandate, this Court should promptly adopt a remedial plan,'' wrote the lawyers for the League of Women Voters, Common Cause and a coalition of Democrat-leaning voters in a motion filed Thursday. Download Filed_08-27-2015_Coalition_Response
"...the unique circumstances of the crisis created by the Legislature—hitting foul balls in its first two attempts and now striking out without a swing when given a third opportunity to draw constitutional districts—warrants the remedy requested."
The motion comes a day after Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis asked the court for guidance after the Legislature ended its special redistricting session without an enacted congressional map -- the third attempt in three years.
The House and Senate have asked the Supreme Court to allow Lewis to conduct a trial and decide whether the maps proposed by the House or the Senate map best.