REDISTRICTING

Florida, Virginia, North Carolina Congressional Maps Still Up in the Air

The Supreme Court’s ruling on Monday preserved Arizona’s and California’s congressional maps, but separate lawsuits could still shake up other states’ boundaries.

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Jack Fitzpatrick
July 1, 2015, 7:09 a.m.

“The Su­preme Court may have knocked out the best-known chal­lenge to ex­ist­ing con­gres­sion­al dis­tricts in a num­ber of states on Monday, but maps still re­main in flux for 2016 in three im­port­ant, large battle­ground states: Flor­ida, North Car­o­lina and Vir­gin­ia.”

In Flor­ida, the GOP-con­trolled Le­gis­lature was already forced to re­draw the map last sum­mer, after groups linked to Demo­crats sued un­der the Fair Dis­tricts amend­ments. The new map, which made slight tweaks to the dis­tricts rep­res­en­ted by” Reps. Cor­rine Brown (D-FL 05) and Rep. Daniel Web­ster (R-FL 10), “was passed last Au­gust — too late for the 2014 elec­tions — and is sched­uled to take ef­fect next year. But the same groups who sued to over­turn the first map are chal­len­ging the tweaked ver­sion, too — ar­guing the Le­gis­lature’s changes don’t go far enough.”

In Vir­gin­ia, a dis­trict court ruled that Re­pub­lic­ans packed too many minor­it­ies in­to Rep. Bobby Scott’s (D-VA 03) dis­trict and gave the le­gis­lature un­til Sept. 1 to re­draw the lines, which could af­fect Reps. Scott Ri­gell’s (R-VA 02) and Randy For­bes’s (R-VA 04) dis­tricts. Re­pub­lic­ans have pledged to ap­peal to the U.S. Su­preme Court.

The North Car­o­lina Su­preme Court will hear ar­gu­ments on Aug. 31 about a sim­il­ar ger­ry­man­der­ing case re­gard­ing Rep. Alma Adams’s (D-NC 12) dis­trict. (Politico)

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