Florida’s top election official is recommending that the state hold special elections for Congress next year, even though that may violate federal law.
Lawmakers passed new congressional districts on nearly party-line votes in the House and the Senate on Monday, sending the map back to the courts as early voting opened in some counties.
Florida’s Senate approved a map revising the congressional districts around the state.
Lawmakers are a step closer to complying with a court order to draw new congressional districts.
The schedule for a special legislative session to come up with new congressional districts is beginning to take shape.
A Florida judge has ordered legislators to draw up a new congressional map after the state’s current districts were ruled to be illegal.
It will be virtually impossible for lawmakers to redraw two congressional districts deemed unconstitutional by a Tallahassee judge before the Nov. 4 general election, lawyers for the Department of State, the Legislature and county elections supervisors argued in court Thursday.
A Florida appeals court blocked the release of document meant to be key evidence in the state’s redistricting trial.
Florida’s Senate president contends state legislators followed the law when drawing up new political maps.
Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford is expected to testify Tuesday in a high stakes trial which could decide the future of of the state’s congressional districts.