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Florida's congressional districts rejected as gerrymandered

4 years 7 months 1 week ago Thursday, July 09 2015 Jul 9, 2015 July 09, 2015 10:23 AM July 09, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Brendan Farrington

TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Supreme Court is throwing out the state's congressional districts, saying the Republican-controlled Legislature violated a constitutional amendment approved by voters 2010.

The ruling Thursday means new maps will have to be drawn for most of the state's 27 congressional districts before next year's election.

A coalition of groups that including the League of Women Voters challenged the maps, saying they didn't adhere to the amendment approved by voters that dictates political districts can't be drawn to benefit incumbents or political parties.

A lower court agreed that GOP operatives worked behind the scenes in violation of the amendment, but approved a second map that changed only two districts. Challengers said that wasn't enough.

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