“Documents reveal secret Florida Senate process to draw district maps”

Tampa Bay Times:

The shadow redistricting process that brought down the congressional map also was in full swing in the state Senate’s efforts to redraw its own districts in 2011 and 2012, depositions and email documents submitted as part of a court case revealed.

The documents, filed Wednesday in Leon County Circuit Court as part of a lawsuit over the Senate map, show that Republican operatives faked “public” submissions, possessed draft Senate maps more than a month before senators and submitted Republican-leaning maps that matched pieces that became the foundation of the adopted Senate redistricting plan.

The same tactics emerged in the congressional redistricting trial that led to the Florida Supreme Court ordering the maps be redrawn in a special session that ends this week.

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