Florida congressional redistricting trial is set for September 2023

Florida redistricting
Redrawn Congressional districts proposed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in April, 2022.

A September trial has been scheduled in a federal-court challenge to a congressional redistricting plan that Gov. Ron DeSantis pushed through the Legislature this spring.

U.S. District Judge Allen Winsor issued an order Friday that said the trial will start Sept. 25.

The lawsuit, filed by Common Cause Florida, Fair Districts Now, the Florida State Conference of the NAACP and individual plaintiffs, alleges that the redistricting plan violates the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment and 15th Amendment.

The 14th Amendment ensures equal protection, while the 15th Amendment prohibits denying or abridging the right to vote based on race.

DeSantis called an April special session after he vetoed a redistricting plan that lawmakers passed. During the special session, the Republican-dominated House and Senate quickly passed a map that DeSantis’ office proposed.

The map helped Florida Republicans in the November elections increase their number of U.S. House members from 16 to 20.

A three-judge panel in November rejected a request by the DeSantis administration to dismiss the lawsuit.

©2022 The News Service of Florida

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