The Orlando Sentinel is reporting this evening, that the Florida Legislature has passed new congressional maps that will now go back to Judge Terry Lewis, who last month ruled that the previous maps did not adhere to the Fair District Amendments of 2010 (Sentinel story HERE).
The next step will be a hearing with oral arguments from both parties before Judge Lewis. Supervisors of Elections from all over the state have been instructed to develop a plan of action in case the dates of the Congressional primaries are changed and special elections are need. Over 1.2 million ballots have already been sent out.
According to the Sentinel report here is how the new maps would shape out..
The legislative re-write would slightly modify (Corrine) Brown’s seat by removing an “appendage” which reached into Sanford — and drops the black voting-age population from 50 percent to 47.1 percent. The seat would also shift from voting 70.9 percent for President Barack Obama‘s re-election in 2012 to 68.7 percent.
U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster‘s district would shift from voting 45.7 percent for Obama in 2012 to 47.1 percent. That would be accomplished by giving up College Park, Thornton Park, downtown Orlando and Belle Isle to the District 9 seat held by Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, while Webster would gain areas of Polk County including Davenport and Haines City.
I’ll feature more of this tomorrow in your morning headlines.