[UPDATE] Amendments 5 & 6 Would Reshape Florida Redistricting

By: AP
By: AP

[UPDATE] 10-12 1:26PM --

New York (AP) -- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will campaign
in Florida this week in support of two state redistricting
amendments.

Bloomberg is scheduled to appear Friday, October 15 in Miami with former Mayor Manny Diaz. He'll urge support of two proposed amendments on the ballot next month.

Amendment 5 deals with legislative districts and Amendment 6
addresses U.S. congressional districts.

Both require a 60 percent majority to pass.

The billionaire Republican-turned-independent has long supported
redistricting in New York.

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Orlando, Florida (AP) --

Florida voters will decide if they want new standards for how legislative and congressional districts are redrawn.

Amendments 5 and 6 on the Nov. 2 ballot would require that both
legislative and congressional districts be compact, equal in
population and make use of existing city, county and geographical
boundaries. The amendments also would prohibit drawing districts to
favor or disfavor an incumbent or political party.

Several of Florida's best-known black and Hispanic lawmakers
oppose the amendments, saying they could threaten Florida's six
congressional districts where blacks and Hispanics are either in
the majority or close to it.

But supporters say language in both amendments explicitly
prohibits that from happening.


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