Lawmakers, lawyers and the League of Women voters converged on a Leon County Courtroom this week to argue the merits of Florida’s newly revised congressional districts. The judge has upheld the new map, but the fight seems likely to continue.
The League of Women Voters is not impressed with the revised congressional map passed by the Florida Legislature just over a week ago. The voting rights group argued against the changes Wednesday in court.
League attorney David King says the Legislature’s redistricting effort did as little as possible to address the court’s order to fix the so-called “appendages” and the compactness of Districts 5 and 10 – something the judge says indicated an intent to favor the incumbent. King says the Legislature didn’t do enough, especially in District 5.
Florida’s Legislature may have approved new congressional districts Monday, but critics say the question is far from settled. The League of Women Voters claims the revision does not address the issues that sent the old map to court in the first place.
After Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis ordered Florida lawmakers to redraw the congressional district map, the Florida League of Women Voters was ecstatic. But League President Deirdre McNabb says the Legislature’s special session was a farce.