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To Avoid Chaos in 2012, Speed Up Redistricting

By Miami Herald, Miami Herald - August 22, 2011

Every 10 years, legislators in Florida and every other state are required to redraw legislative and congressional districts using fresh census figures in an effort to promote fairness in the political system. Unfortunately, it’s become an exercise in protecting political turf instead of protecting voting rights and representation.

As a result, Florida’s districts look like Rorschach ink blots. (Not that other states are much better.) They split communities and stretch across county lines without regard to any unifying principle, making it hard to disagree with cynics who say redistricting is a ploy by our representatives use to pick their voters, instead of having voters pick them.

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