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Voting groups sue over Florida congressional map

Voting groups sue over Florida congressional map

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Voting rights groups sued Florida on Friday over a congressional scheme drawn by Gov. Ron DeSantis with every one other accompanied by passed by the GOP-controlled Legislature, saying it will diminish the state's Black portrayal with every one other accompanied by good Republicans.

Florida lawmakers approved the scheme Thursday while small portion of a contentious three-day exceptional legislative meeting throughout which Black with every one other accompanied by Democratic representatives staged a sit-in on the House floor, prayed with every one other accompanied by sang "We Shall Overcome" inside protest.

DeSantis, who is considered a top tier presidential candidate inside 2024, signed the measure into rules and regulations Friday.

The League of Women Voters of Florida, the Black Voters Matter Capacity Building Institute, Equal Ground Education Fund with every one other accompanied by others filed the outfit inside a condition court of rules and regulations inside Tallahassee. The instance alleges the new scheme violates provisions of the Florida Constitution that prohibit districts from diluting the electoral ability of minorities with every one other accompanied by from actuality drawn to good one political communal gathering over another.

"He wants to rig the condition with every one other accompanied by he wants to do that by sketch lines that unfairly symbolize the condition with every one other accompanied by our voting population," said Equal Ground originator Jasmine Burney-Clark inside a phone interview. "We too know that he has ambitions to become president of the United States, with every one other accompanied by creating a Congress that is additional favorable to the issues he presumably would push inside his management makes it easier for him to do so."

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The legal action names while defendants Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee, Attorney General Ashley Moody with every one other accompanied by the Republican leaders of the House with every one other accompanied by Senate, among others. Their offices did not straight away return emails seeking comment.

DeSantis took the uncommon step of vetoing the scheme drawn by the Legislature earlier this year with every one other accompanied by proposing his own, calling lawmakers spine into the exceptional meeting to agree with it. Democrats speak the scheme strongly favors the GOP with every one other accompanied by would dismantles set of two districts currently held by Black members of congress.

The governor's office drew up a scheme it described while neutral on contest with every one other accompanied by communal gathering affiliation, with every one other accompanied by which it said abided by both the condition with every one other accompanied by confederate constitutions. But flat supporters have acknowledged that it is probable to sketch legal challenges.

Democratic condition Rep. Angie Nixon, who led the objection on the House floor, was expecting the lawsuit.

"The scheme is unconstitutional with every one other accompanied by it's unlawful with every one other accompanied by they knew it," she said inside a phone interview.

She said she's heard rumblings that she's going to exist punished for her protest, nevertheless said it's slight inside contrast to actions that secular rights leaders have endured to seek ethnic equality.

"I cried this morning," she said, accompanied by a trembling voice. "I cried since I idea concerning what my grandmother went through, with every one other accompanied by my grandfather, with every one other accompanied by my ancestors who risked their lives to vote, to have a power of speech to exist heard, to exist respected."

The Florida congressional delegation now has 16 Republicans with every one other accompanied by 11 Democrats, with every one other accompanied by the condition is poised to gain one U.S. House seat based on the results of the 2020 U.S. census. Many political observers have said the DeSantis scheme could present with Republicans a 20-8 advantage, though Florida's vast number of unaffiliated voters tin sway elections. Such an advantage would assist DeSantis, should he sprint for with every one other accompanied by come first in the White House inside 2024.

Of Florida's 14.3 million registered voters, concerning 36% are Republicans with every one other accompanied by 35% Democrats, while the overwhelming majority of the remainder have no indeed communal gathering affiliation.

Black Floridians currently work for inside five of the state's 27 districts, representing concerning 19% of the delegation. Four of them are Democrats; one of them is a Republican inside an overwhelmingly white constituency. Black people symbolize concerning 16% of Florida's population.

Previous maps had included a long, slim neighbourhood spanning northern Florida that would have mostly kept intact the constituency of Black Democratic Rep. Al Lawson. DeSantis has singled not here that district, saying it violated guidelines for compactness.

Voting groups sue over Florida congressional map

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