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Senate maps fall under further scrutiny from Dems and other groups

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The Florida Democratic Party and the Fair Districts Coalition are joining the fight against the Senate’s voting district maps. Regan McCarthy reports the maps are headed to the state Supreme Court for a second review after the justices found the chamber’s first maps unconstitutional.

Florida Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith says he doesn’t think the Senate’s second set of voting district maps follow the guidelines in the constitution any more closely than the first.

“We think that they’ve really manipulated numbers in the Alachua-Clay County area when in fact those are aimed directly at partisan advantage and diluting particularly Democratic and African American votes.”

Meanwhile, Republican leaders say they’ve worked to make the process as open and transparent as possible. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments on the maps later this month.

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Regan McCarthy is the Assistant News Director for WFSU Public Media. Before coming to Tallahassee, Regan graduated with honors from Indiana University’s Ernie Pyle School of Journalism. She worked for several years for NPR member station WFIU in Bloomington, Ind., where she covered local and state government and produced feature and community stories.

Phone: (850) 645-6090 | rmccarthy@fsu.edu

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