Florida Congressional Redistricting Map Goes to Court
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Democrats and a coalition that backed new anti-gerrymandering standards want a judge to summarily reject the Legislature's redistricting map for Florida's 27 congressional districts.
Lawyers for the state and Republican-led Legislature, though, urged Circuit Judge Terry Lewis to order a full-blown trial during arguments Wednesday.
That option likely would delay any potential court-ordered revisions to the map until after this year's elections.
The Fair Districts coalition consists of the League of Women Voters of Florida, National Council of La Raza and Florida Common Cause. Those groups and the Democrats say the map violates the Fair Districts standards in part by favoring incumbents and Republicans.
The Florida Supreme Court on Friday will hear a similar challenge to the Legislature's revised Senate map that's designed to fix violations found by the justices.
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