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State League of Women Voters Leader: Redistricting Fight Not Over

Florida League of Women Voters
Pam Goodman

A Tallahassee circuit judge is looking over seven maps that could determine the state's new Congressional districts. Three come from the League of Women Voters of Florida.

League president Pam Goodman told members of the league's Hillsborough County Chapter on Wednesday that the group is committed to redistricting that doesn't favor any political party.

"We think there are changes to the other maps that were submitted. We believe that ours are superior. We hope that the judge agrees with us," she said. "But it'll be up to the judiciary and those will be argued on September 24th and September 25th."

Goodman says this is an old battle - the League has been active in at least eight lawsuits over the past few years over Congressional redistricting.

"At every step along the way, we have said keep going. We are not going to give up," she said. "We have been fighting for this for 76 years, and the fact that we can see the goal posts in sight, and we are almost there, and the importance of having fair districts for our voters in this state is out goal. So we are not giving up until this fight is won."

The judge is expected to hear arguments over which map to choose next week in Tallahassee. It's an outgrowth of the Fair Districts amendment, passed by the state's voters in 2010. It would make sure that districts can't be drawn to bolster the chances of one political party.

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