Watchdog groups are urging House redistricting leaders to reconsider a plan to significantly reconfigure Rep. Val Demings’ district.
The Fair Districts Coalition and the NAACP separately sent letters to Rep. Tom Leek, Chair of the House Redistricting Committee, on the matter. Both called into question cartography that significantly changes the shape of districts in the Orlando region.
Adora Obi Nweze, president of the NAACP Florida Conference, said a draft map (H 8011) could violate Florida’s Constitution The letter raised concerns about a significant alteration of Florida’s 10th Congressional District.
“It will eliminate the ability of Black voters in Central Florida to elect a Representative of their choice,” the letter reads. “This plan raises significant legal concerns regarding how it departs from benchmark CD 10.”