Two weeks ago, Gov. Scott rescinded a request to the federal Department of Justice to review, or “preclear,” two redistricting amendments (known as Amendments 5 and 6) adopted by the voters in last fall's general election. Collectively, the amendments require the Legislature, in drawing boundaries for congressional and legislative districts, to draw compact districts that are not drawn for the benefit of any political party. Preclearance is required by the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which requires certain states to seek a review by the Attorney General of the United States prior to making changes in election laws, to determine that changes have neither a discriminatory purpose nor effect. Florida is one of those states, as five Florida counties are subject to this review process: Collier, Hardee, Hendry, Hillsborough, and Monroe counties. Last Thursday, a coalition of supporters of the amendments filed a lawsuit in federal district court to force Gov. Scott to submit the redistricting amendments to the Department of Justice for review. This new lawsuit stands in contrast to a recently filed lawsuit filed by U.S. Reps. Corrine Brown and Mario Diaz-Balart, challenging the constitutionality of the amendments on the grounds that the amendments impermissibly limit the redistricting discretion delegated by the United States Constitution to the Florida Legislature.