Unhappy about their county being split into three Senate districts, the Marion County Commission voted Tuesday to object to a new Senate reapportionment plan. The Ocala Star-Banner reported that the commission voted unanimously to send a letter or a legal brief to the Florida Supreme Court, which will review the plan. Marion County is currently divided into four Senate districts, with none of the senators living in the county. They are Sen. Charlie Dean, R-Inverness; Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla; Sen. Evelyn Lynn, R-Ormond Beach; and Sen. Steve Oelrich, R-Cross Creek. The new map, which received final legislative approval last week, would split Marion into three districts. It would not have the largest amount of population in any of the three, according to the Star-Banner. “I think the citizens of Marion County … should have their own voice,” the newspaper quoted Commissioner Mike Amsden as saying.
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