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.
Activists asked a federal judge Friday to block the city’s new council district maps in the ongoing Jacksonville redistricting lawsuit, the first step in speeding up the lawsuit ahead of the 2023 elections.
For decades, the Jacksonville City Council redistricting planpacked as many Black voters as possible based on a misreading of court rulings.
Civil-rights groups sued Jacksonville for allegedly racially gerrymandering its City Council districts in its new redistricting plan.
Mayor Lenny Curry signed Jacksonville’s controversial redistricting plan that activists say disenfranchises Black voters by packing them into a few City Council districts.
The Jacksonville City Council approved a controversial redistricting plan that has earned the threat of a lawsuit amid criticism that it disenfranchises Black voters.
Jacksonville City Council will vote tonight at 5 p.m. on its controversial redistricting plan, despite frequent criticism that the map disenfranchises Black voters by packing them into a few districts.
Jacksonville City Councilwoman Brenda Priestly Jackson said claims the city redistricting maps constitute racial gerrymandering are “fraught at best.”