This morning Judge Terry Lewis ruled in a Leon County Court, that state legislators would have to redraw new congressional districts by August 15, just days before primaries are scheduled to take place on the 26th of the month.
Last month, Judge Lewis ruled that the current maps violated the state’s fair district amendment that require that districts are “compact”, two districts that were mentioned specifically were District 10 and District 5, held by Congressman Daniel Webster (R-Winter Garden) and Corrine Brown (D-Jacksonville).
The conditions of the ruling are as follows
1. The Legislature shall submit or a remedial or revised map by no later than noon on August 15, 2014.
2. The Secretary of State and Supervisor of Elections shall collaborate no later than noon on August 15th, 2014, a supposed special election schedule and comments or suggestions regarding the conduct of such an election assuming a revised map will be in place no later than Aug 21
3. By noon, August 18th, the parties shall submit objections, if any to the revised map and election schedule.
4. Oral Argument, if appropriate will be hear on objections to the map and or proposed election schedule on August 20th at 900am in a courtroom to be announced by the Leon County Courthouse, Tallahassee, Florida
DONE and ORDERED in Chambers at Tallahassee, Leon County, Florida, this day August 1st 2014..
The possibility of special elections to fill seats created by these new districts, this year, throws the entire elections picture in the state into chaos. Thousands of absentee ballots have already been sent out to voters. It could also effect State Lawmakers as well, who would have to go to Tallahassee for a special session to draw the maps.
This is a breaking story, I’ll have more for you as it develops