Battle Begins Over Florida’s Congressional District Map
The same day that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed the map into law, several different organizations filed legal challenges.
The controversial map consists of the most aggressive changes put forward in the nation.
As such, the lawsuit was anticipated and state legislators built in $1 million to help defend the proposal.
At the core of the controversy is the decision to break up a northern Florida district that enabled a black-majority voting population. The district itself is controversial, being a 200 mile narrow strip which bridges two otherwise disconnected communities.
The lawsuit alleges the new map runs afoul of a state constitutional requirement that seats held by people of color can not be diminished. It also alleges the map overall is an “extreme” gerrymander.