A prolonged battle over district maps between Florida lawmakers and the state Supreme Court came to an end earlier this year. Now a South Florida legislator wants to put independent citizens in charge of redistricting.
When Florida voters head to the polls on Tuesday and again in November, many will be voting in a new congressional district. Nick Evans and Kate Payne look at what redistricting means for one Tallahassee neighborhood.
It appears likely Florida’s congressional elections will proceed with the map the state Supreme Court approved late last year. A three judge federal appeals panel rejected a challenge from Jacksonville Democrat Corinne Brown.
Embattled Democratic Congresswoman Corinne Brown is holding her breath that a panel of federal judges will agree to throw out the newest iteration of Florida’s congressional map. Recent rulings may not be helping her cause.
The Jefferson County Commission appears ready to revise its municipal borders rather than appeal a federal court ruling. For the first time, a judge has ruled against a municipality including prisoners in its local districts.
Florida’s senate borders are finalized but Tuesday legislative attorneys met to randomly assign them district numbers. Those numbers—even or odd—will determine how long the next batch of senators can hold their seats.
The Florida Senate will have district maps largely based on recommendations from a coalition of voting rights groups. Leon Circuit Judge George Reynolds has rejected a redrawn plan submitted by state lawmakers as part of a long-running redistricting case.
The Florida Supreme Court has released its opinion, upholding a congressional map drawn by a coalition of voting rights organizations. But while the justices may be looking for finality, there’s plenty of uncertainty ahead.
The bitter fight over Florida’s political boundaries has brought some legislative leaders to the conclusion the state needs a new system for drawing maps. But the independent commission that many on the left have spent years clamoring for isn’t a silver bullet.
Senators from across the state revolted Thursday after leadership pitched a district map drawn in the house. This is the second time this year the state Legislature has ended a special session without agreeing on a map.
The tension was just too much in the halls of Florida’s Senate. Relations finally ruptured this week, with lawmakers taking the floor to bash one another over past sins and misdeeds. But they did get their map. Now the only question is whether they can gain approval in the House and in the courts.