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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Florida Legislature releases idea for gerrymander-free congressional districts

Posted By on Thu, Aug 6, 2015 at 5:00 PM

  • Illustration via Florida Senate

State lawmakers released a draft Wednesday of the new base map for Florida’s 27 congressional districts. The Legislature was forced to redraw the districts after the Florida Supreme Court ruled earlier in July that the congressional maps were gerrymandered to favor the Republican party and incumbents.

The court ordered several districts revised, including District 5, currently held by U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, which extends in a snake-like manner from Jacksonville to Orlando.

  • Illustration via Washington Post

Brown, a Democrat, filed a federal lawsuit Thursday to stop the redistricting effort because she says it unfairly targets the black communities in her district, the Orlando Sentinel reports. 

"I am saying that what the Florida Supreme Court did [was] violate the 1965 Voting Rights Act and that needs to be rectified," Brown says. "I am working to get the federal court to do what they do... I want them to take charge."

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