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May 28, 2014


Expert Says Florida Election Map Heavily Biased

Jonathan Katz, a professor at the California Institute of Technology, testified in court that Florida's congressional map "was heavily biased toward electing Republicans despite the state's Democratic-edge in voters," the Orlando Sentinel reports.

"His analysis suggested that the pro-GOP bias using 2010 voter-turnout data was 15.9 percent. Intuitively, that means Republicans could expect to capture 58 percent of the congressional seats to Democrats' 42 percent of the seats, even if voter turnout was perfectly balanced at 50 percent GOP and 50 percent Democrat."

"Katz concluded they were the most biased he had ever examined -- easily twice as pro-Republican-leaning as Texas maps drawn by the chair of that state's Republican Party."












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