Florida: special congressional races not possible until 2015

By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) – Florida’s secretary of state said on Friday it would not be possible to hold special elections this fall in U.S. congressional districts that were invalidated by court order. March is the earliest date special primary elections could be held in the affected districts, Secretary of State Ken Detzner said in a court filing. Seven U.S. congressional districts were impacted by the redistricting maps passed this week by the state legislature. Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis ruled in July that two of the state’s 27 congressional districts were unconstitutional due to gerrymandering.

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