Court orders Florida
The new maps are likely to reconfigure parts of nearly all of the state’s 27 congressional districts, open the door to new candidates, and threaten incumbents, who will now face a new set of boundary lines and constituents close to the 2016 election.
The court ordered the most revisions in South Florida, including Districts 25, 26 and 27, currently held by Republican U.S. Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart, Carlos Curbelo, and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, saying the Legislature “needlessly” divided minority communities to benefit Republicans.
Writing for the majority, Justice Barbara Pariente affirmed the trial court’s findings that the congressional map was “’taint[ed]’ by unconstitutional intent to favor the Republican Party and incumbents.”
Good, a start towards improvement. However, I still think districting should be done with a simple computer program.