Groups ask judge to act quickly on new map

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A coalition of groups challenging Florida’s map for Congress wants a judge to act quickly now that the map has been declared unconstitutional.

Circuit Judge Terry Lewis ruled last week that the state Legislature illegally drew Florida’s congressional districts to primarily benefit the Republican Party.

But Lewis did not specify who should redraw the map or when it should be redrawn.

Lawyers for the groups, which include the League of Women Voters, filed a motion on Monday asking Lewis to hold a hearing to figure out what should happen next. The groups argue that with the 2014 elections looming, “time is of the essence for drawing a remedial congressional plan.”

The Florida Legislature, meanwhile, has not announced whether it plans to appeal the ruling.

Reprinted with permission of the Associated Press.

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