TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Florida voters agreed to revamp the standards used to draw up congressional and legislative districts. But it’s taken six years for the changes to finally take effect.
Due to expensive court battles and standoffs in the Florida Legislature, this year’s election will mark the first time the amendments aimed at ending gerrymandering will be in place.
As Election Day nears, however, it’s becoming apparent that the changes have not caused any major disruptions politically. Republicans are expected to retain control of the state Legislature. The gap between Democrats and Republicans in the state’s congressional delegation will probably shrink, but the GOP will likely remain in the majority.
Pamela Goodman, president of the Florida State League of Women Voters, says she expected the change to be evolutionary and not a major shake-up.