Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Justice Dept. Preclears Florida Congressional Map

From Roll Call this morning:

The Justice Department today precleared Florida’s Congressional map, making the GOP-friendly lines enforceable law.

The new lines, passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature and signed into law by GOP Gov. Rick Scott, are likely to lead to Democrats picking up two to four seats in November. But the Florida delegation is almost certain to remain overwhelmingly Republican. The current House delegation includes 19 Republicans and six Democrats. Reapportionment granted Florida two new seats because of increases in population.

The 1965 Voting Rights Act requires the Justice Department or the federal court in Washington, D.C., to certify new Congressional maps before they can be enforced.

1 comment:

Anonymously Anonymous said...

Not only that, but the Circuit Court Judge in Tallahassee rejected the Democratic Party challenge to the new Congressional election. It looks like your least favorite Democrat, Corrine Brown of Jacksonville, will be returning.

The Dems may pick up 2 more seats, not counting the possibility of grabbing David Rivera's chair (but Joe Garcia's got to run a much smarter campaign than he did 2 years ago).