June 2, 2022

DeSantis Congressional Map in Effect After Florida Supreme Court Will Not Hear Case

Ron DeSantis redistricting map for 2022 Special Legislative Session (@MappingFL, Twitter)
Ron DeSantis redistricting map for 2022 Special Legislative Session (@MappingFL, Twitter)

By Lydia Nusbaum

June 2, 2022     Updated 1:04 P.M. ET

TALLAHASSEE (FLV) – The Florida Supreme Court said it would not hear a case challenging Gov. Ron DeSantis’ congressional map, so the 1st District Court of Appeals ruling to reinstate DeSantis’ map will have the last say before the 2022 elections.

The Florida Supreme Court order said “it does not have jurisdiction” to intervene in the 1st District Court of Appeal’s ongoing consideration of an appeal of an order imposing a temporary injunction.

Earlier in May, the 2nd Judicial Circuit Judge said the new map is unconstitutional because it “diminishes African Americans’ ability to elect the representative of their choice.” That judge granted a temporary injunction to prevent the map from going into effect. 

However, the DeSantis Administration appealed that decision and a federal appeals court reinstated the congressional map “pending the court’s disposition of the motion for review of the trial court’s vacatur of the automatic stay.”

The map DeSantis signed eliminates two districts, District 5 and District 10, that are drawn in favor of a minority black population to elect a Democrat in their respective districts. 

The Governor’s executive chief of staff said District 10 in Orange County does not have a significant amount of minorities to elect a candidate of their choice. That district is 26% black. 

Republicans said the new map is constitutional and avoids racial gerrymandering while Democrats claim it disenfranchises black voters and violates the Fair Districts amendment Florida voters passed in 2010.

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