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With Special Session Set, What's Next For Redistricting In Florida?

U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown

On Friday, Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis ordered lawmakers to fix two districts he had previously declared unconstitutional, including that of Jacksonville Congresswoman Corrine Brown.

In his initial ruling, Lewis said Florida's Fifth District, represented by Brown, and the 10th District, represented by Daniel Webster, violate the state’s Fair Districts Amendment and were improperly drawn up to benefit the Florida Republican Party. The ruling effectively invalidated the entire map.

Lewis has given state lawmakers until August 15 to fix the map, and he’s considering calling a special election for the affected districts.

What does this all mean for our area and voters in Brown’s district? And what are the statewide implications?

Matt Corrigan, political analyst and professor of political science at the University of North Florida and Deirdre Macnab, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida joined Melissa Ross for a look ahead for Florida voters.

You can follow Melissa Ross on Twitter @MelissainJax.

Melissa Ross joined WJCT in 2009 with 20 years of experience in broadcasting, including stints in Cincinnati, Chicago, Orlando and Jacksonville. During her career as a television and radio news anchor and reporter, Melissa has won four regional Emmys for news and feature reporting.