Redistricting dilemma: Do legislators prioritize minority voting power or status quo?

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Miami Herald

MIAMI — Do Florida legislators have an obligation to create new congressional and legislative maps that reflect the growth in the state’s minority population and allow more minorities to get elected to office? The answer could be pivotal in the emerging redistricting debate when legislators meet in regular session in January. But when Cecile Scoon, the president of the League of Women Voters of Florida asked a Senate committee on Tuesday why it wasn’t evaluating its draft maps to determine whether the proposed maps maximize the ability for minority communities to elect people of their choice, …

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