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A Push For Fair Districts

June 12th, 2009 by flanews

A push to change the way Floridas voting districts are drawn is underway.

The group Fair Districts Florida says the states boundaries have been gerrymandered. Gerrymandering is when the party in power divides up voting districts based on demographics to help their candidates win elections. ACLU Spokesman Larry Spaulding said if the districts were divided evenly in Florida, there would be a power shift in the state legislature.

In Florida its likely that the Democrats would be more competitive because the Republicans wouldnt be able to pick and choose all of the seats. The idea is if you have competitive races, that people get elected because of their ideas, not because they save a seat that has been guaranteed to them by their respective legislature, said Spaulding.

Fair Districts Florida is gathering signatures to put two constitutional amendments on the 2010 ballot. The amendments would prohibit using political or racial statistics to draw legislative and congressional districts.

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