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By Alan B. Garfinkel, Esq.
In just about 3 weeks, beginning August 10th our state legislators must go back to the drawing board and return to Tallahassee yet again for another Special Session. As we informed you in our July 11th CAN Alert entitled The Supreme Court Rules Again (click here to see our Alert), the Florida Supreme Court found 8 of Florida’s 27 Congressional Districts unconstitutional. Anti-discrimination activists fought their way to Florida’s highest court that determined the congressional districts unfairly favor the incumbent.
Redistricting is a highly politicized process, and redrawing new districts that stand up to federal scrutiny will be no easy task; not only is the Florida Supreme court watching, but the U.S. Department of Justice must approve the newly drawn districts as well. The Department of Justice is involved because of the Voting Rights Act of 1964.
Our state’s highest court gave our legislators a tight timetable – 100 days to redraw the districts deemed discriminatory. The Court’s reasoning for their 100-day deadline is twofold: the Supervisors of Elections in each county must reissue voters’ registration cards to those who reside in the affected congressional districts, and of course all of these redrawn districts will be up for re-election in 2016.
The 8 Districts that will need to be redrawn are as follows:
Jacksonville: Rep. Corrine Brown, District 5
Indian Shores: Rep. David Jolly, District 13
Tampa: Rep. Kathy Castor, District 14
Boca Raton: Rep. Ted Deutch, District 21
West Palm Beach: Rep. Lois Frankel, District 22
Miami: Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, District 25
Kendall: Rep. Carlos Curbelo, District 26
Miami: Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, District 27
CAN will keep you up to date of the goings on in Tallahassee and the outcome of Special Session B as well as the make up and design of your new districts.
Keep informed, stay involved, protect your neighborhoods, and be happy.
With warmest personal regards,
Yours in community,
Alan B. Garfinkel, Esq.
Katzman Garfinkel, Founding Partner
and Community Advocacy Network, Chairman
Source: Can FL Alerts