Monday, August 8, 2022

Florida appeals court restores DeSantis congressional map

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ( Associated Press) – A new congressional map drawn up by Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis employees who may undermine the state’s black representation in Washington were reinstated by an appeals court on Friday, a week later. A lower court judge said the map was unconstitutional.

The First District Court of Appeals upheld Judge Layne Smith when he ordered the use of a replacement map for the 2022 election. The latest order means the governor’s map has been reinstated pending the outcome of a lawsuit challenging the map’s constitutionality.

While the appeals court did not address the constitutionality of the map, it cited “the need for certainty and continuity as the election season”. The ruling comes as the state approaches the June 13 to 17 qualification period for federal office.

“To avoid uncertainty and confusion in the upcoming 2022 primary and general elections, it is important to move swiftly to implement the Congressional map passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor,” DeSantis spokeswoman Christina Pusha said in an email. “

DeSantis’s map is likely to increase the number of seats Republicans have in Florida, while making it difficult for Democratic US Representative Al Lawson to maintain his seat in the North Florida district where nearly half of voters are black. Another district that currently favors black candidates has also been redrawn in a way that will make it more difficult for them to win.

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The groups suing the maps issued a joint statement. These include the Black Voters Matter Capacity Building Institute, the League of Women Voters of Florida, the Equal Ground Education Fund and Florida Rising Together.

“Today’s decision does nothing to change the fact that the governor’s proposed map is an unconstitutional attack on black representation in Florida,” the statement said. “On Emancipation Day in Florida, we are reminded once again that the fight for equal rights for all continues and we look forward to being on behalf of the people of our state.”

An appeal is likely to be made against this order in the state’s Supreme Court.

Lawson said in a statement, “While I am disappointed by today’s decision of the appellate court to restore DeSantis’ unconstitutional map, I am confident that the Florida Supreme Court will soon handle this issue and defend the rights of black voters in North Florida.” will protect.” Statement emailed to media outlets.

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Lawson can be overly optimistic. Six of the seven justices are Orthodox, with three appointed by DeSantis.

lawsuit challenge The map was brought out by several voting rights groups.

In an unprecedented move, DeSantis, a potential 2024 presidential candidate, intervened in the process by submitting his own map just before the Senate was scheduled to approve his map.

During the 60-day legislative session that ended in March, the Senate did not take into account the governor’s map, and the House approved two maps, a primary map to try to appease DeSantis and a second if the first map. was found to be unconstitutional.

While the House was debating its motion, DeSantis used Twitter to say it would be dead on arrival. The Senate later approved the House map, and DeSantis kept his promise and vetoed the bill.

DeSantis has stated that the District of Lawson is non-alcoholic on the basis of race and claimed that it violates the US Constitution. He has said that his map is neutral on race. The district of Lawson extends 200 miles (320 km) from Jacksonville to Gadsden in an effort to connect Black communities.


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