Judge orders new congressional map in Florida
August 1st, 2014
03:03 PM ET
5 months ago

Judge orders new congressional map in Florida

(CNN) - A circuit court judge on Friday ordered Florida's state legislature to redraw congressional district lines before the state's primary in two weeks, suggesting he would be prepared to delay the November 4 general elections in the newly drawn districts.

Judge Terry Lewis had earlier ruled the map, which consists of 27 congressional districts, to be unconstitutional.

In particular he found two districts crafted by the GOP-led legislature to be unduly affected by political considerations. The two districts are represented by Democrat Corrine Brown and Republican Daniel Webster.

Critics of the current lines, drawn after the 2010 U.S. Census, say the districts unfairly favor Republicans.

Lewis said he's considering the option of postponing the November 4 elections because of the changes.

"It is necessary to get a revised map in place and for me to consider additional evidence as to the legal and logistical obstacles to holding delayed elections for affected districts in 2014," Lewis wrote in his opinion. "Time is of the essence."

It's unclear how the newly drawn map will affect the timing of congressional elections in the affected area as well as in other parts of the state.

The judge ordered the secretary of state and supervisors of elections to present contingency plans in case the state needs to hold special elections.


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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. sifto77

    And, the usual suspects agree with the activist judge..as long as he is liberal...

    August 1, 2014 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  2. Ol' Yeller

    @OBAMA – THE OPEN BORDERS PRESIDENT
    "Shocking! A lone judge steps into it all his own. If you can't do it through the political process just let another narcissistic judge create them for you."

    What Dems tried to point out in the 2000 election...
    Shocking! A lone woman (katherine harris) steps into it all her own. If you can't do it through the political process just let another narcissistic republicant politician steal the election for you.

    Actually it was a lone Judge in the end who picked the worst president ever...(scotus vote 5-4 in bush v. Gore)....

    I'll bet you weren't crying big alligator tears then, were you?

    August 1, 2014 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  3. Lizzie

    How else could democrats win.

    August 1, 2014 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "Shocking! A lone judge steps into it all his own. If you can't do it through the political process just let another narcissistic judge create them for you."

    This is an elected judge, not an appointed one.

    August 1, 2014 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  5. Silence DoGood

    @Lizzie
    How else could democrats win.
    -------------–
    What else do you need other than a level playing field and keeping GOP cheating at bay?

    August 1, 2014 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    The judge is of course.........a partisan Democrat.

    August 1, 2014 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
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