A Florida circuit court judge ruled last Friday in Romo v. Detzner that two of the Sunshine State’s congressional districts violated the “Fair District” amendment to the Florida constitution. The court found that unfair political gerrymandering in favor of the Republican Party made the redistricting plan invalid.
Note: Fair Elections Legal Network is a partner in Community Health Vote with the National Association of Community Health Centers and Nonprofit VOTE. The goal of Community Health Vote is to is to involve as many of the more than 1,200 Federally Qualified Health Center organizations (FQHC’s) as possible in integrating nonpartisan voter registration and Get-Out-the-Vote efforts aimed at their nearly 22.5 million patients. For more information please visit www.communityhealthvote.net.
Though Massachusetts has historically been ahead of the curve on many issues, our election laws are far behind most other states, in fact, Rock the Vote ranked us 42nd in the nation in 2012. Fortunately, the Massachusetts House and Senate have now both passed legislation to update our voting laws. This is a major victory but it’s not law yet. The two pieces of legislation now head to conference where both houses will hash out what the final piece of legislation will look like before it heads to the Governor’s desk.