Florida’s redistricting process can’t intentionally favor one party, only by accident

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Lawmakers continue to study how close to the line they can go.

The Florida Constitution prohibits the GOP-dominated Legislature from redistricting to intentionally keep Republicans in power. But what if it happens by mistake?

Much of a Tuesday meeting of the House Redistricting Committee centered around the question of what, exactly, constitutes partisan mapmaking. While that’s a dicey question in any arena, a lawyer advising lawmakers said it’s certainly about more than who wins elections next year.

“It all comes back to intent,” said Andy Bardos, outside counsel from GrayRobinson, in a presentation to the Redistricting Committee. “Why is the Legislature drawing the way it is doing it and why is it choosing what it’s choosing?”

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