Elections chiefs don't expect congressional redraw to affect Palm Beach, Martin counties

George Bennett | Palm Beach Post | 07/25/2014

The judge who declared Florida’s congressional map illegal spoke Thursday of drawing new districts that would change “a half dozen” of the state’s 27 U.S. House seats.

Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis this month singled out districts in north and central Florida (held by Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown and Republican Rep. Daniel Webster) as violating the voter-approved Fair Districts amendment to the state constitution.

During a three-hour hearing Thursday, Lewis said he’s “extremely skeptical” of ordering any changes before the November elections. He twice used the term “a half dozen” to describe the number of districts that could be altered to bring the two offending seats into compliance.

Palm Beach County Elections Supervisor Susan Buchersaid she doesn’t think the court-ordered revisions will bring changes to the four House districts that include part of Palm Beach County.

“I wouldn’t expect it to reach here because it’s so far north of us; we’re just hopeful it won’t impact any of the precincts that would affect our congressional districts,” Bucher said.

Martin County Elections Supervisor Vicki Davis expressed a similar opinion. All of Martin County is in congressional District 18, which also includes parts of northern Palm Beach County.

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