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Group challenges inclusion of prisoners in voting districts

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A federal judge heard arguments Wednesday in a case that could affect whether prisoners are counted in drawing voting districts in Florida, an issue that affects voting power particularly in rural areas of the state. The American Civil Liberties Union and several Jefferson County residents charge the county used “prison-based gerrymandering” in drawing its five county commission and school board districts, each with about 2,950 residents. The county, with a non-prison population of 13,604 in the 2010 census, counted 1,157…

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Today on Context Florida: Representation & gerrymandering, “Spotlight” video textbook and parenting parents

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Today on Context Florida: Martin Dyckman describes why it has taken so long to replace the Legislature’s gerrymandered voting districts with maps that respect the public’s right to fair representation. It was plain to see, three years ago, that the 27 congressional districts and 40 Florida Senate seats were drawn to protect, if not pad, the Republican Party’s outsized majorities in Tallahassee and Washington. Florida should adopt an independent redistricting commission, Dyckman says. At long last, Florence Snyder says there’s an…

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