Voting Rights Groups Say 2014 Election Needs A Constitutional Map

Jul 24, 2014

Districts 5 and 10 on this map were declared unconstitutional earlier this month.
Credit National Atlas of the United States via Wikimedia Commons

Government officials say it’s too close to Election Day to make alterations to Florida’s recently-invalidated congressional districts, but the coalition of voting rights groups fired back Thursday.

The League of Women Voters say change is not impossible, and the 2014 election should not proceed without first redrawing Florida’s voting map – even if that means delaying the election. 

The groups presented a handful of options to delay voting and allow time to fashion new borders.  League attorney David King says the process will be hard, but that shouldn’t stop the court from acting.

“The secretary of state ought to be ordered by this court to develop for you a schedule that would work,” King says.  “It won’t be as good and as easy as it regularly would have been, if they hadn’t enacted an unconstitutional map – put us in this position –we’d be able to have an election.”

Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis says he should have a final ruling by the end of next week.