Florida College Democrats cry foul over redistricting proposals, say new maps divide campuses

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The Florida College Democrats today challenged Republicans in the Florida Senate to justify lines proposed onMonday that split multiple campus communities throughout thestate across district lines, diminishing the voices of collegestudents in the electoral process.

Students negatively affected by these harmful proposalsinclude those who attend USF, UCF, FIU and FAU, among otherinstitutions. District lines proposed for these campuses onMonday are drawn to split college campus communitiesbetween two, three, or even four districts, a common method ofgerrymandering intended to disenfranchise targetedpopulations. The proposal put forward on Monday by the StateSenate often places students living in dormitories on campus ina separate district from students living in apartments just acrossthe street from school.
Florida College Democrats President Dominique Gelinreleased a statement responding to the proposals:
“Between these maps and the RPOF’s Voter SuppressionBill this year, it is clear that

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