ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) --
Voters approved two amendments setting new
rules for how legislative and congressional districts in Florida
are redrawn each decade.
Amendment 5 dealt with legislative districts, while Amendment 6
addressed U.S. congressional districts.
The battle over the amendments pitted several of Florida's
best-known black and Hispanic lawmakers against advocates who said
the current methods create gerrymandered districts that protect
The new amendments require that both legislative and
congressional districts be compact, equal in population and make
use of existing city, county and geographical boundaries. The
amendments prohibit drawing districts to favor or disfavor an
incumbent or political party.