FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 10, 2022
STATEMENT: Plaintiffs in Florida Redistricting Lawsuit Comment on Election Results
Tallahassee – With litigation ongoing regarding the congressional map passed during Florida’s 2022 redistricting process, the state yesterday held its midterm elections under the state legislature’s congressional map that was pushed through by Governor Ron DeSantis.. As many expected, this new congressional plan led to a drop in minority representation in Congress and provided a 20-8 advantage for Republicans in the Florida delegation.
In reaction to the midterm results, the organizational plaintiffs in the lawsuit challenging the map including Equal Ground Education Fund, Black Voters Matter Capacity Institute, League of Women Voters of Florida, and Florida Rising Together released the following joint statement:
“Yesterday’s midterm congressional elections were held under a congressional map that was already found to be blatantly unconstitutional by a state court judge, under Florida’s Fair District Amendments. As control of the United States House hangs in the balance, we are once again reminded of the importance of free and fair elections. Our coalition rejects gerrymandering that disenfranchises and discriminates against voters on the basis of race or their party and will continue to advocate for congressional maps that adhere to the Florida Constitution and do not favor one political party over the other, as the DeSantis map used this election cycle does.
“With all five Supreme Court Justices who were on the ballot retained, we move forward with a mandate to ensure that if the pending redistricting litigation goes before Florida’s highest court, they will respect precedent that upheld and enforced the Fair District Amendments that voters enshrined in our State Constitution.”