Voters’ groups challenge Republicans on redistricting as high-stakes map-drawing kicks off

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Florida lawmakers take their first steps Monday toward redrawing political boundaries in the nation’s biggest presidential swing state, but voters’ groups are already testing the Republican-led Legislature.

A coalition led by organizers of the Fair Districts amendments in the state constitution is calling on lawmakers to use current, court-approved congressional and state Senate districts as the baseline for whatever changes are made during the redrawing of new maps.

Otherwise, they fear lines will be unlawfully set that favor ruling Republicans.

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