Democrats file alternative Senate map as case heads to Supreme Court

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The Florida Democratic Party filed an alternative map for the Florida Senate on Tuesday as opponents took their case against the new lines drawn by the Legislature to the state Supreme Court, reports the News Service of Florida. The Democratic map would unwind the “appendage” in Central Florida that was criticized by justices in the 5-2 decision invalidated the original Senate plan and would unite most of Volusia County into a single Senate district. It would also pair Sens. Maria Sachs of Boca Raton and Jeremy Ring of Margate into the same district and throw Sen. Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood, and Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, together. The map would also create a district in Central Florida meant to help Hispanic voters get the opportunity to elect a candidate of their choice.

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