JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Tempers flared at Monday's redistricting meetings in Jacksonville.
"People are trying to take politics out of it, and you can't," said Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL).
The purpose of these meetings, 26 of them statewide, is for lawmakers to gather public input on the prickly issue of redrawing legislative and congressional districts.
"Everytime we do redistricting there is always lawsuits and litigation, but the important thing is that we have the opportunity to get it right," said Republican Rep. Will Weatherly.
By law, legislators can't draw the lines until January 2012, but as time marches on some are worried that there's not yet a plan for the new districts.
"On Election Day, people are going to stay home from the polls because they won't know what district they're in," said Duval County Democratic Party spokeswoman Billee Bussard.