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Miami-Dade mayor will take ask commissioners to weigh in on delay to redraw precincts


Facing political backlash over his decision to delay redrawing new voting precincts that contributed to long lines at the polls, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez signaled late Friday that he is willing to reconsider.

Gimenez, a Republican, said in a statement that he will bring the question to county commissioners for discussion on Feb. 19.

“This will provide members of the public and local political party representatives the opportunity to express any concerns they may have to the full Board,” he wrote. “It is of utmost importance that every Miami-Dade County voter be confident about our electoral system.”

The Miami-Dade Democratic Party had pounced at the news Thursday that Gimenez and his appointed elections supervisor, Penelope Townsley, had decided to postpone so-called “reprecincting” until 2015. On its website, Democrats asked supporters to contact the mayor urging him to change his mind.

Annette Taddeo-Goldstein, who heads the local party, said she phoned Gimenez on Friday.

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