Fair Districts Groups Object to New Senate Map
April 6, 2012 | WMFE - Three of the groups that backed the Fair Districts amendments to the state constitution say the state Senate's new district map is still unacceptable and they are putting forth their own plan. The League of Women Voters, the National Council of La Raza and Common Cause say their alternative map complies with the Fair Districts amendments.
The justices initially approved the House map but rejected the Senate plan because they said it violated new Fair District standards.
The coalition of Fair Districts groups say the Legislature's revised map still violates the anti-gerrymandering rules. Deirdre Macnab is president of the League of Women Voters of Florida
The Senate had to redraw its voting maps after the Florida Supreme Court ruled the original plan favored incumbents. The Attorney General’s office has also asked the U.S. Department of Justice to approve the new plans.
The court must approve or redraw the map before candidate qualifying begins June 4th.