Democrats, voting groups question access during Florida political redistricting process

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In the Sunshine State, the process is controlled by Republicans

Jeffrey SchweersCapital Bureau | USA TODAY NETWORK – FLORIDA

As the Florida Legislature begins its second week of hearings on state and congressional redistricting, voting rights advocates want to make sure that the public has every opportunity to be heard.

“Our main concern right now is that you’d only be able to speak to representatives by driving all the way to Tallahassee,” said Cecile Scoon, president of the Florida League of Women Voters. “But in these days of Zoom meetings, why can’t you do that?”

One thing seems certain: The Republican-controlled Legislature probably won’t be taking the redistricting show on the road, with maps and staff going from city to city to explain the process and take public input.

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