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Redistricting on trial in Tallahassee
Redistricting - the process of drawing the lines around voting districts - is on trial in Tallahassee.
The lawsuit was filed by the League of Women Voters, along with other non-profits and several voters.
It says the district lines approved in 2012 give an unfair advantage to some politicians and their parties.
This week a man who allegedly submitted a proposed map denied his involvement.
Alex Posada had been praised as an example of how citizen input was used in the process.
The map submitted under his name was identical to one designed by a republican consultant.
Frank Terrafirma/GOP Map Maker: "Certainly it was a possibility that someone would file a map. I did not put a copyright on anything I did."
Gary Paulsen Ph.D./USF Political Scientist: "Simply creating compact and contiguous districts is going to have a negative ramification on the election of minorities, both blacks and hispanics."
The trial ends next week, and a decision is expected by the end of June.
If the court finds that political influence *was involved, the maps would likely have to be redrawn.