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On election day at the end of a high-profile mayoral race in Miami Beach, Maribel Balbin, president of the League of Women Voters Miami chapter, offered insights on what matters most to Miami voters.

Despite a bumpy and contentious year, the Republican-led Florida Legislature returns to the state Capitol on Monday with the goal of trying to draw up new maps for 40 state Senate districts.

This marks the third special session of the year for legislators, and also marks the third time that lawmakers have altered the boundaries of state Senate districts since 2012. This session is scheduled to last up to 19 days.

A three-day trial that could decide the fate of Florida's political landscape ended Monday as lawyers for both sides accused each other of recommending changes to the state's 27 congressional districts that could benefit either Republicans or Democrats.

A Tallahassee circuit judge is looking over seven maps that could determine the state's new Congressional districts. Three come from the League of Women Voters of Florida.

Lawmakers File Redistricting Plans With Judge

Sep 15, 2015

Lawmakers on Monday filed three potential maps of the state's 27 congressional districts for a Leon County judge to consider, as the deadline for turning plans into the court approached.

The state House wants Circuit Judge Terry Lewis to approve the last map that House members voted out during a special redistricting session that collapsed last month, while the Senate is floating two alternative proposals for the judge to consider.

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A pair of voting-rights groups whose lawsuit led to the state's current congressional districts being struck down by the Florida Supreme Court say that a new proposal appears to be tilted to favor a Republican congressman in South Florida.

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A bipartisan group is pushing for all registered voters to be allowed to vote in Florida’s primaries.

In Florida, when a candidate has opposition outside of their party, which is often the case, nonpartisan voters cannot cast a vote.

A proposed amendment called “All Voters Vote” could change that.

John Opdycke, president of Open Primaries, the group promoting the all-vote movement, says no American should have to join a political party to vote. 

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Eight municipalities in Broward County are holding elections Tuesday, March 10, that will affect about 230,000 registered voters.

Residents in Miramar and Plantation will cast their ballots for mayor, as well as for open commission seats. Voters in Fort Lauderdale, Davie, Deerfield Beach, Coconut Creek, Lighthouse Point and Hillsboro Beach, will select all commissioners or council members today.

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Florida Democratic Party

Allison Tant sent a pained letter to the Democratic Party faithful after last week’s election that saw Democrats lose more seats than they gained statewide and around the country.

“While last night's results weren’t what we’d hoped for, I want you to hear directly from me: we will never stop fighting for the people of Florida,” Tant wrote.