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Redistricting Reform Effort Launched in Florida - Sept. 28, 2007
“The League of Women Voters of Florida strongly supports nonpartisan redistricting reform in Florida,” said Dianne Wheatley-Giliotti, President of the League of Women Voters of Florida. “Politicians should not be able to design their districts to benefit themselves and guarantee their own reelection.”
Under the current system, the Florida Legislature can draw bizarrely shaped districts that divide Florida’s cities, counties and communities solely for political reasons. These gerrymandered districts discourage challengers and mean incumbent members of Congress and the legislature face little or no competitive opposition.
“With the reforms we are proposing, politicians will not be allowed to draw districts in ways that ensure that they cannot be defeated,” said Ben Wilcox, executive director of Common Cause Florida. “We are committed to giving Florida voters the chance to enact meaningful, nonpartisan redistricting reform.”
A number of political figures have endorsed the reform effort and agreed to serve as honorary co-chairs for FairDistrictsFlorida.org. They include Republicans, former Comptroller Bob Milligan and former Judge Thom Rumberger; and Democrats, former U.S. Senator and Governor Bob Graham and former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno. Miami attorney and former member of the 1998 Constitution Revision Commission Ellen Freidin is serving as the Campaign Chair. For further information, she can be reached at (305) 606-4300.
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