Is Voting Rights Act on trial in Florida? Redistricting case could have broad impact

The state of Florida will square off with voting-rights plaintiffs in Tallahassee this week in a high-stakes redistricting battle that could have national implications as both sides argue over the constitutionality of protections for Black voters. The one-day hearing on Thursday follows the state’s stark admission: Gov. Ron DeSantis’ congressional map violated the state’s safeguards against diminishing the electoral influence of racial minorities. DeSantis’ lawyers will argue those protections infringe upon the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment and should be thrown out.

Voting advocates call truce on legislative maps in Florida’s redistricting fight

After years of litigation and bitter opposition from the Republican-led Legislature, the coalition of voter advocacy groups that brought the state its redistricting standards have called a truce. FairDistricts Now, and its consortium of voting advocates, will not oppose the House and Senate redistricting maps that were passed by the Florida Legislature two weeks ago, setting the stage for the plans to serve as the political boundaries for the 120-member House and 40-member Senate for the next decade.

Senate readies new maps with plan that pits some Democrats against each other

As many as four South Florida Democrats and no Republicans would be drawn into districts with another state senator under a redistricting map a key Florida Senate committee is scheduled to approve on Thursday. On the first day of the legislative session, Senate Reapportionment Committee Chair Ray Rodrigues quietly selected two redistricting maps — one for Congress and the other for the state Senate — from dozens of submitted maps, and they will serve as the baseline for any amendments going for

Democratic senator asks staff to draw new Senate map that doesn’t cross Tampa Bay

Florida Democrats offered the first sign of push back in the proposed redistricting maps prepared by the Florida Senate staff on Wednesday by asking them to end a 30-year-old tradition of linking Black neighborhoods by crossing Tampa Bay. Sen. Randolph Bracy, an Orlando Democrat, asked the staff of the Republican-dominated Senate Reapportionment Committee whether the growth in population makes it now possible to create a minority-majority district without linking predominantly Black communities

South Florida’s loss could be Central Florida’s gain as redistricting process begins

Florida legislators will formally launch their reapportionment efforts armed with the Census data that gives Florida one new congressional district and promises to upset legislative and congressional boundaries from Miami to St. Petersburg. The biggest changes will be felt in Central Florida, but redistricting is likely to exacerbate already festering political, geographic, racial and ethnic divides.

Legislators remain silent about repairing Florida’s tarnished redistricting process

Florida legislators faced new obstacles this redistricting cycle: a compressed schedule because of a delay in the census process and restoring public trust after a court’s conclusion that the last process was secretly and illegally “hijacked” by Republican political operatives 10 years ago. But despite the hurdles, Florida GOP leaders held no public hearings, gave no media interviews and wouldn't respond to requests from voters’ groups that they conduct a transparent process.
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