Florida League of Women Voters and Others File Lawsuit to Force Florida Governor to Send Redistricting Measure to U.S. Justice DepartmentFebruary 4th, 2011
On November 2, 2010, Florida voters passed a constitutional initiative, requiring that redistricting of U.S. House and state legislative seats be done by the legislature in a manner that outlaws partisan advantage to any party. Outgoing Governor Charlie Crist forwarded the text of the measure to the Voting Rights Section of the U.S. Justice Department, because Florida is covered by section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, and can’t change its election laws without approval from the federal government.
However, after incoming Governor Rick Scott took office, he withdrew the filing. On February 3, three several civic organizations and five voters filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court, to force Governor Scott to forward the measure to the Justice Department. The case is League of Women Voters, et al v Scott, 4:2011-cv-10006. The case is in the federal court in Key West, because the voter-plaintiffs live there. Thanks to Rick Hasen for news of this lawsuit. Here is the complaint.