Florida Senate advances redistricting maps despite warning they ‘dilute Latino power’

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Miami Herald

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Despite harsh criticism from left-leaning voting advocates that legislators are diluting minority voting strength, the Florida Senate’s redistricting committee on Thursday approved its state Senate and congressional maps with near-unanimous votes and virtually no debate. The only no votes on both maps were from Democrats. Sen. Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville, opposed both maps. Sen. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, changed his vote at the end of the meeting and voted no on the congressional map. Sen. Randolph Bracy, D-Orlando, changed his vote and opposed the state Senate map…

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