Court considers bid by congresswoman to throw out map

AP News
Posted: Mar 25, 2016 2:15 PM

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown is trying to convince federal judges to throw out Florida's congressional map but judges are sounding skeptical.

A panel of three judges held a hearing Friday on whether to block the state from using new districts approved by the state Supreme Court last December. The new boundaries could result in the defeat of several incumbents.

Brown contends the map violates voting rights of minorities. Under the proposal, Brown's district has been shifted from one that runs from Jacksonville to Orlando to one that stretches westward to Tallahassee.

Judges said that data shows a black candidate would still be supported in the new configuration and that the map creates a second minority access district.

The judges noted they need to decide quickly because of looming elections.