The League of Women Voters and Common Cause on Friday sent a letter to House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Senate President Andy Gardiner outlining what could make up the core of a legal argument against new congressional district maps being drawn this week and next in Tallahassee.
"We write to call your attention to the fact that we have questions about some choices made with regard to the proposed configuration of Congressional District ("CD") 26 and CD 27,” they wrote. “We ask you to examine those districts closely as they appear to have been drawn with partisan intent.”
Districts 26 and 27 are South Florida seats that currently split the city of Homestead in Miami-Dade. In its ruling overturning the congressional districts, the state Supreme Court instructed the Legislature to keep Homestead in one district, saying that the lines appeared to be drawn to ensure the 26th continued to be held by a Republican.
While a newly proposed map by the Republican-controlled House and Senate would put all of Homestead in District 26, it would add Democrat voters to the already very-blue District 27. This, argue League of Women Voters and Common Cause, would have the effect of giving the the GOP even more protection in District 26, currently represented by freshman U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, a Republican.