House poised to OK new redistricting maps; Democrats ready for courtby John Kennedy | February 3rd, 2012
Redrawn legislative and congressional district maps, which Democrats say will unfairly maintain Florida’s Republican dominance, are readied for a final vote Friday in the state House.
Redistricting Chairman Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, withstood hours of questioning Thursday from Democrats. He denied that new electoral boundaries were drawn to help or hurt incumbents, or assure that Republicans retain control of the Legislature or congressional delegation.
“At no point, were these maps drawn with any political intent,” Weatherford said.
But the Democrats are clearly looking to build a legal case against the maps, which must be reviewed by the state Supreme Court and the U.S. Justice Department, to assure minority-voting rights are protected.
The House is poised to vote Friday, sending the plans back to the Senate for final action, probably next week. The courts would then begin their work.
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