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.
Republican T.K. Waters won the special election for Jacksonville sheriff Tuesday night, beating out Democrat Lakesha Burton.
Democrat Reggie Gaffney Jr. won the special election to succeed his father, City Councilman Reggie Gaffney Sr., beating Republican Charles Barr.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.