Democrats first in with redistricting brief to courtby John Kennedy | February 17th, 2012
The Florida Democratic Party filed its legal brief Friday with the state Supreme Court, opposing House and Senate redistricting maps drawn by the Republican-led Legislature.
More briefs are expected to roll in from the Legislature, Attorney General Pam Bondi, and the League of Women Voters and other voter rights’ groups by today’s deadline. Justices have set Feb. 29 for arguments in the case.
Democrats in their 58-page filing argued that justices should be able to toss the maps out fairly easily.
“The Legislature cannot credibly contest that the Senate and House Plans were drawn with the intent and result of favoring the Republican Party,” they wrote. “Incontrovertible statistics demonstrate a significant partisan imbalance in both plans that simply cannot be justified on the basis of voter registration or election data, racial fairness, or any other legitimate rationale.”