Florida officials: special congressional races not possible until 2015

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Posted: Aug 15, 2014 1:32 PM

By Bill Cotterell

TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Florida's secretary of state on Friday said it would not be possible to hold a special election this fall in congressional districts that were invalidated by court order.

March is the earliest date a special primary election could be held in the affected districts, Secretary of State Ken Detzner said in a court filing.

Seven U.S. congressional districts were impacted by the redistricting maps passed earlier this week by the state legislature.

Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis, who previously found that two existing congressional boundaries were unconstitutional due to political gerrymandering, is scheduled to hear arguments on Aug. 20 on whether to delay the general election in these districts.

(Writing by Letitia Stein; Editing by David Adams and Bill Trott)