By Florida Politics, 8-15-23
The decennial redistricting process meant every congressional district in Florida took a new shape in 2022. But developments in court over the weekend signal another significant change could be on the way — at least in North Florida.
Minority groups led by Black Voters Matter Capacity Building Institute sued the state shortly after Gov. Ron DeSantis approved a map that cut the number of Black-performing districts in Florida in half.
However, over the weekend, a stipulation agreement was released in which the state acknowledges eliminating a congressional district spanning from Tallahassee east to Jacksonville. It took away a minority access seat and did not replace it. The state still argues that the prior seat, put in place by the Florida Supreme Court in 2015, violates the U.S. Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause.
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