Plaintiffs: Have expert choose new maps for Nov elections

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Have a redistricting expert decide new maps. That's the idea plaintiffs presented a Leon County judge who must decide if redrawn congressional maps should effect this year's elections.

Last week, Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis said he was "skeptical" that new congressional maps could be redrawn in time for the November elections.

Earlier this month, he ruled the legislature drew two district maps to favor the Republican Party – violating state law.

The plaintiffs, including the League of women Voters of Florida, say have an independent expert choose the maps in time for the 2014 elections or just push them back. The legislature, however, says just let the new maps affect the 2016 elections.

"[Election supervisors] agree that this should be put off, kick it back until like 2016 because it's just going to be a big feat to try and really stop the absentee ballots that are already out there and really start the process over again," said political expert Trimmel Gomes.

Judge Lewis said he will have his decision in sometime near the end of this week.


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