REDISTRICTING

Florida Supreme Court Requires Eight Districts to Be Redrawn

Those districts include those represented by David Jolly and Carlos Curbelo.

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Jack Fitzpatrick
July 9, 2015, 7:24 a.m.

Flor­ida’s Su­preme Court ruled Thursday morn­ing that the state’s con­gres­sion­al map was il­leg­ally ger­ry­mandered and ordered the state’s Re­pub­lic­an-con­trolled le­gis­lature to re­draw eight con­gres­sion­al dis­tricts.

The le­gis­lature will have to re­draw dis­tricts rep­res­en­ted by Reps. Cor­rine Brown (D-FL 5), Kathy Castor (D-FL 14), Ted Deutch (D-FL 21), Lois Frankel (D-FL 22), Dav­id Jolly (R-FL 13), Mario Diaz-Bal­art (R-FL 25), Car­los Cur­belo (R-FL 26), and Ileana Ros-Le­htin­en (R-FL 27).

Par­tis­an ger­ry­man­der­ing is leg­al in most states, but was out­lawed in Flor­ida in a 2010 amend­ment to the state con­sti­tu­tion. The court’s opin­ion cited the U.S. Su­preme Court’s re­cent rul­ing up­hold­ing Ari­zona’s in­de­pend­ent re­dis­trict­ing com­mis­sion. (Hot­line re­port­ing)

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