As a result of a 5-2 ruling in the Florida Supreme Court, J. Steele Olmstead has worked to ensure new and fairly drawn voter maps in Florida with the Fair District Amendment.
The upcoming election marks significant change for Florida voters as a result of the new ruling where gerrymandering was prevalent throughout the voting districts. Steele took on the litigation that ensued over forcing the legislature to follow Amendents 5 and 6. Florida taxpayer dollars were used to potentially redraw the district maps in favor of lobbyist-favored representatives.
As lead plaintiff and financial backer for FairDistrictsFlorida.org, Olmstead worked to make the ‘redistricting’ process a dormant threat. Steele worked with Ellen Freiden, a Miami attorney, who started FairDistrictsFlorida.org to directly address Florida’s long history of corrupt redistricting, which resulted in unfair advantages. Steele faced paying the litigation costs of the Florida legislature the case lost.
“After an exhausting fight that cost Florida’s citizens more than eleven million dollars to simply make elections fair and draw voting districts according to the will of the people, we won, Florida citizens won,” said Olmstead. “Just knowing that people will vote in fairly drawn voting districts was worth all the risk.”
For more information about J. Steele Olmstead, P.A. and his advocacy, please contact J. Steele Olmstead at 800-535-3002 orJSteele@JSteeleLaw.com