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Justice department finishes legal review of redistricting maps



Florida's redistricting maps are ready to be implemented, officials announced Monday.

The U.S. Department of Justice granted Florida's request for administrative preclearance of the maps under the Voting Rights Act, according to a Monday letter from Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez.

"However, we note that Section 5 expressly provides that the failure of the Attorney General to object does not bar subsequent litigation to enjoin the enforcement of the changes," Perez cautioned.

The review of redistricting plans wrapped sooner than earlier cycles, Senate spokeswoman Lyndsey Cruley said. The preclearance letter is attached.

"One of our foremost goals during this redistricting cycle was to conduct the process in a manner that would give both the voters and candidates time to become familiar with the new districts," Senate President Mike Haridopolos said in a statement. "With the completion of the review process for these redistricting plans today, I am proud to say that we accomplished that goal."

[Last modified: Monday, April 30, 2012 5:14pm]


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