Friday, July 10, 2015

Florida Supreme Court rejects gerrymandered congressional districts

Posted By on Fri, Jul 10, 2015 at 12:26 PM

  • Photo via Washington Post

The Florida Supreme Court canned the Republican-led Legislature’s precious congressional districts maps Thursday and ordered a redrawing of the map in the next 100 days.

The court ruled 5-2 that the congressional maps were gerrymandered with an “unconstitutional intent to favor the Republican Party and incumbents,” according to Reuters. The court also said it distrusted lawmakers and provided some helpful instructions on how not to mess up the map this time for the 2016 election.

The districts that will be revised include these listed, all held by U.S. Representatives: District 5, held by Democrat Corrine Brown; District 25, held by Republican Mario Diaz-Balart; District 26, held by Republican Carlos Curbelo; District 27, held by Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen; District 13, held by Republican David Jolly; and District 14, held by Democrat Kathy Castor.

Orlando will directly be affected by the redrawing of Corrine Brown’s district (the weird snake pictured above), which extends from Jacksonville to Orlando. 

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