Voting rights groups and individuals suing Florida over its congressional maps asked a Tallahassee court to block new Northeast Florida congressional districts that would make it harder for Jacksonville’s Black voters to elect their preferred candidates.
A new lawsuit alleges Florida’s redistricting plan, passed Thursday on a party-line vote, will reduce Black voting power in North Florida, Orlando and the Tampa Bay area and that the map was drawn to favor Republican candidates.
While Democrats staged a sit-in and led chants, the Florida Legislature approved Gov. Ron DeSantis’ congressional map, which will further Republican gains and eliminate a Black ability-to-elect district in Jacksonville.
Florida House Democrats disrupted a session where Gov. Ron DeSantis’ redistricting plan was expected to pass.
The Florida Legislature begins its special redistricting session today with a mandate fto pass Gov. Ron DeSantis’ preferred congressional map, which would maximize Republican advantages.
The Florida redistricting special session will allow Gov. Ron DeSantis to submit his own maps, with the legislature deferring to DeSantis.
Jacksonville attorney Bill Sheppard, who led many civil-rights battles, died Friday.
A judge said former Jacksonville Public Defender Matt Shirk should lose his bar license for one year.