Circuit Judge Hands Down Ruling: Two Weeks To Repair Two Districts

Aug 1, 2014

Jude Lewis has given the state legislature two weeks to fix two constitutionally invalidated districts.
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Florida’s legislature has been ordered to redraw two recently invalidated congressional districts in just two weeks.  A Leon County Circuit Court Judge has sent lawmakers back to the drawing board.

In an order released Friday, Judge Terry Lewis called on the Legislature to present a new congressional district map by August 15.  Lewis also ordered the Secretary of State to create a special election timeline.  Attorney for the plaintiffs Frederick Wermuth says Floridians could have a new map in time for Election Day.

“It is heartening to see that the judge has required the legislature to propose a remedial map and special election schedule, perhaps the people of Florida may not have to suffer another election with an unconstitutional redistricting map,” Wermuth says.

Unless lawmakers appeal the ruling, it’s likely they will return to the capital for a special session.