Several voting rights and civil rights organizations as well as a Democratic-aligned redistricting group on Friday sued over Florida’s new congressional map that hands significant gains to Republicans and dismantles the North Florida seat now held by a Black Democrat.
The League of Women Voters of Florida, which successfully challenged Florida’s last round of maps passed a decade ago, filed the lawsuit in circuit court in Leon County, along with other organizations such as Black Voters Matters and Florida Rising, as well as 12 voters living across the state.
The groups filed the lawsuit less than 24 hours after the GOP-controlled Legislature passed the bill along party lines in chaotic fashion as Black Democrats were loudly protesting on the House floor while Republicans voted to send the map to Gov. Ron DeSantis.
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🚨BREAKING: @BlackVotersMtr, @EqualGroundFL, @FLRising, @LWVFlorida and individual voters sue to block DeSantis’ new congressional map for violating the Florida Constitution. Backed by the amazing @RedistrictFdn and lawyers from @EliasLawGroup.https://t.co/OdX4Sz7OGp
— Marc E. Elias (@marceelias) April 22, 2022