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Corrine Brown tells high court she'll appeal redistricting ruling



U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown filed a one-page motion with the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday saying that, yes, she's going to appeal the federal court ruling that upheld the redrawing of the district.

Brown, D-Jacksonville, sued the state last year after a court approved a map drawn by a coalition of voters was adopted. The League of Women Voters, Common Cause of Florida and a group of Democrat-leaning voters successfully challenged the Florida Legislature's map and, when lawmakers couldn't agree on a plan to redo it, the court approved the plaintiff's plan.

Brown, who was joined by dozens of black voters from north and central Florida, argued that the new district’s east-west configuration across the top of the state violates the federal Voting Rights Act by making it less likely that the district would elect a candidate preferred by black voters. A three judge court panel of the Northern District of Florida rejected her claims. 

Brown's motion filed this week indicates that she will appeal but does not indicate whether she will ask the court to enjoin the implementation of the map in November or not.  Download Brown redistricting appeal

In a landmark case, the Florida Supreme Court ruled last July that Brown's Jacksonville-to-Orlando district was in violation of the "Fair Districts" amendments to the state constitution because it was drawn to carve out Democratic-leaning African-American voters from districts in Northeast and Central Florida to benefit Brown and to make the surrounding districts more hospitable for Republican candidates.

Brown, who had been elected twice from the map drawn by the Florida Legislature in 2012, announced last week that she would seek re-election to the reconfigured east to west district.

The ruling was the latest in more than four years of legal challenges over Florida’s redistricting maps. Meanwhile, the court-approved map will remain in place unless Brown seeks an injunction and the U.S. Supreme Court approves. 



[Last modified: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 6:00pm]


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