U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard issued an order late Friday saying she would not rule on which Jacksonville City Council map to allow until Monday at the earliest.
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Jacksonville redistricting process raises questions of Sunshine Law violations
City staff held a flurry of back-to-back meetings just a few days before the maps ever came to light. Courts have viewed repeated private meetings ahead of a big decision suspiciously in light of the state’s Government-in-the-Sunshine law.
Plaintiffs ask court to reject Jacksonville City Council’s redrawn map
The Jacksonville City Council failed to fix the problems with its original redistricting plan, plaintiffs argued Friday in a court filing asking a federal judge to reject the city’s second attempt at drawing new district lines.
Federal court allows race-discrimination claims in congressional redistricting lawsuit
A three-judge panel agreed Tuesday to allow voters to sue Florida’s secretary of state, claiming the state’s congressional redistricting plan discriminated against Black voters.
Appeals court won’t halt Jacksonville racial gerrymandering ruling in latest blow to city
The Jacksonville City Council lost again in court, with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals deciding to keep in place an order finding the city had racially gerrymandered its residents.
Jacksonville City Council passes new district map after racial gerrymandering ruling
The Jacksonville City Council passed a new district map Friday after a contentious week that at one point saw the same map first fail when it came up for a vote.
Jacksonville City Council plans to vote today on new district maps
The Jacksonville City Council plans to vote Friday on new district maps after the old ones were struck down as unconstitutional racial gerrymanders, yet after three days of committee meetings, it’s not clear that the council has enough votes to approve the maps.
City lawyer: Jacksonville doesn’t need compact city council districts despite charter requirement
Even as the city faces a lawsuit alleging it illegally passed non-compact districts, Jacksonville’s top lawyer told City Council members they didn’t need to worry about whether their new districts were oddly shaped or not.
Jacksonville’s City Council won’t try to comply with the Voting Rights Act in court-ordered redistricting
The Jacksonville City Council will not attempt to comply with the Voting Rights Act in its proposed district maps, a city lawyer and council members announced at a Tuesday committee meeting.
Plaintiffs propose new Jacksonville City Council map
Jacksonville City Council members received a map proposal this week from the same plaintiffs who successfully argued the city’s previous districts were racially gerrymandered.