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)