Florida Dems file brief on redistricting lawsuit

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As expected, the Florida Democratic Party on Friday filed its brief in its suit challenging the Republican led redistricting effort, charging that the new maps violate recently enacted constitutional amendments that require districts be neutrally drawn, according to documents filed with the Florida Supreme Court Friday, reports the News Service of Florida. Days after redistricting plans were approved by the Legislature, the brief asks the state’s highest court to nullify the maps they claim are drawn to favor Republicans. “Despite the landmark amendment to the Florida Constitution imposing new and detailed reapportionment standards, the Florida Legislature approached this reapportionment cycle as it has every other over the last several decades, protecting the party in power at the expense of Florida voters,” the complaint reads.. After striving and failing to defeat the constitutional amendments requiring fairness and neutrality in drawing district lines, the Legislature chose another tactic—skillfully circumventing those demanding new requirements. The end result is a legislative reapportionment plan that continues Florida’s long history of partisan and racial gerrymandering.” All the briefs in the case are due by noon today.

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