Groups argue Florida must hold statewide election

Published On: Jul 29 2014 03:44:42 PM EDT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

A coalition challenging Florida's current congressional map argues that the state may have to hold statewide elections for two of its 27 congressional seats.

The groups have already successfully sued over Florida's current map for Congress. A judge is supposed to decide this week if the map can be changed before the 2014 elections.

The coalition, which includes the League of Women Voters, filed court papers on Tuesday that assert if the problem isn't fixed then the "stop gap" solution requires Florida to hold statewide elections for the newest congressional seats. Florida went from 25 to 27 seats after the 2010 census.

U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia, a Democrat, and U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican, are the current incumbents in the 26th and 27th districts.

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