Judge strikes redistricting ‘poison pill’ from Florida ballots

By | 07.08.10 | 2:03 pm

A Leon County judge struck Amendment 7 from Florida’s November ballot today. Via the Associated Press:

A proposed constitutional amendment was struck from the ballot Thursday by a Leon County circuit judge who called it misleading and confusing.

Circuit Judge James Shelfer said it took him three days to grasp the purported meaning of Amendment 7 and that he didn’t believe the average voter would be able to understand it during a few minutes in the voting booth.

The suit had been filed by the NAACP, the League of Women Voters and others, who called the amendment “a brazen attempt by those in power to continue their absolute control of the redistricting process” and an “incumbent protection plan.” They charged those who drafted the amendment with purposely seeking to undermine Amendments 5 and 6, which would create rules for how the Florida legislature can draw districts. Fair Districts Florida, the organization that has pushed for Amendment 5 and 6, called Amendment 7 a “poison pill.”

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