TALLAHASSEE — Plaintiffs in a lawsuit over gerrymandering in Florida’s congressional districts on Monday asked a state judge to reject the Republican-controlled legislature’s revised map.
Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis should also deny the state’s claim that special elections cannot be held this year in the redrawn districts, argued a coalition led by the League of Women Voters of Florida and Common Cause in court filings.
“The zero-sum game is alive and well,” the plaintiffs said. “But this court need not and should not allow legislative defendants to play games with Floridians’ fundamental rights.”
The legislature approved minor changes to seven of Florida’s 27 congressional districts last week in a hastily convened special session.
Lewis has scheduled a hearing Wednesday for arguments on whether to delay the fall elections in the affected districts. In July, Lewis ordered revised maps and asked elections supervisors to schedule a special election.
Florida’s secretary of state, a Republican, responded that March 2015 was the soonest a special primary election could be held.