Orlando, FL (AP) - Voters in early returns are backing two
amendments that would set new rules for how legislative and
congressional districts in Florida are redrawn every 10 years.
With 20 percent of precincts reporting, voters favored Amendment
5, dealing with legislative districts, with more than 63 percent of
the vote. Amendment 6, which addresses U.S. congressional
districts, was earning almost 64 percent of the vote. Like all
constitutional amendments, they need 60 percent of the vote to
Unlike most other states, Florida currently has few rules for
The new amendments 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.
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