A Florida judge ruled Friday that the state's lawmakers have until August 15 to redraw its current congressional districts. Last month Circuit Judge Terry Lewis ruled the Republican-led legislature's gerrymandered — dividing congressional districts to benefit your party — districts were illegal, and in violation of a 2010 "Fair Districts" law passed by the state. Districts 5 and 10, on the right, were especially problematic.
In a better world, Florida might have some company. Across the country there are dozens of districts that defy logic, honesty, fair representation and, most importantly, aesthetics. For your viewing pleasure, here are 19 districts that make a mockery of the Democratic process. We've noted which party holds the general assembly (or holds on legislative body and the governor's office).
Why is 6 afraid of 7? Because District 7 is trying to eat District 6. Here's another math joke: What's (District) 16 divided by 6? Reading, PA.
District 5 is eating the twins, aka District 4, which is eating District 7. District 7 is fighting back, and also taking a little piece of District 3 with it.
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District 12 looks like a varicose vein. District 4-a looks like a uterus. District 4-b, the bottom half connected by someone's front yard, looks like a horse.
District 3 is being invaded by District 1. Send reinforcements.
In 2011 Shira T. Center at Roll Call called District 9 the "Mistake by the Lake." That still stands. Oh-hi-NO seems like a decent alternative.
Once again, there's just a lot going on here. District 9 is wrapped around a tiny portion of District 11, which is being attacked by District 14.
District 4 looks like a set of ovaries. Districts 2 and 3 look like mold infestations spreading through the state. District 8, where a tiny sliver of land connects Bethesda and Eldersburg, looks like a man flying a kite.
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