Thirty-five percent of Florida's districts were uncontested in the 2008 elections. Do we really have so few citizens willing to step up and run for office, or have these districts been gerrymandered so successfully that running is considered a waste of time?
I'm not sure what to do about the first problem, but for those interested in solving the latter, Fair Districts Florida has a campaign worth looking into. They want to put two ballot measures up for vote that would demand districts be "as equal in population as feasible, and where feasible...make use of existing city, county and geographical boundaries." Sign their petition or donate soon...they're on a deadline!