Florida: Groups Seek to Delay Elections

Associated Press | The New York Times | 07/23/2014

A circuit judge is being asked to move this year’s election dates — including postponing next month’s primary — in order to draw up new congressional districts for the state.

The request was filed Wednesday by a coalition of groups, including the League of Women Voters, who successfully challenged the current congressional map. Judge Terry P. Lewis ruled this month that the state Legislature illegally drew the districts in 2012 to primarily benefit the Republican Party.

Florida legislative leaders have said they will change the districts, but they want to wait until after the November elections to avoid disruption and problems at the polls.

More than one million absentee ballots for the Aug. 26 primary went out this week. David King, a lawyer representing the League of Women Voters, argued in court papers that the Legislature had forfeited its right to draw the new districts and that it was wrong to hold another election with an unconstitutional map.


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