DeSantis redistricting map further bolsters GOP ahead of 2024 election

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis redesigned the state’s 28 congressional districts, eliminating at least two districts now held by black Democrats, in a way he called “in a gender-neutral manner.” racially”.

Florida’s already tilted GOP map receives an additional push to the right from DeSantis after he vetoed congressional districts proposed by the GOP-controlled legislature on March 29. The maps proposed by DeSantis would increase the number of Republican seats while shrinking the two Democratic districts represented in North and Central Florida.

“I think what they’re going to produce is going to be something that’s going to be acceptable to people and obviously we’ll get my signature for bringing it up,” DeSantis said at a bill-signing press conference, according to Miami Herald. “However, North Florida will be drawn race-neutral.”

DeSantis’ map focuses on the dismantling of Florida’s 5th congressional district, which stretches from Jacksonville to Tallahassee. The area is about 47% black, according to the US census, and is represented by black Democrat Al Lawson.

Florida’s GOP-leaning congressional map got an extra push to the right when Gov. Ron DeSantis proposed increasing the number of GOP seats while eliminating at least two districts represented by black Democrats. Above, DeSantis participates in a panel discussion on the Cuba uprising, July 13, 2021, in Miami, Florida.
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“Today’s revelation is an ongoing plan by DeSantis to wipe out minority access districts in Congress to create more seats for the Republican Party,” Lawson said. “DeSantis is doing Florida voters a disservice by playing partisan politics. This latest card clearly violates the Voting Rights Act as well as the constitutions of the United States and Florida.”

DeSantis had called on Florida’s 5th congressional district to disperse, claiming the district was racist.

“I mean, we’re not going to have a 200-mile gerrymander dividing people up based on the color of their skin,” DeSantis told CNN. “That’s wrong. That’s not how we governed in the state of Florida.”

DeSantis’ map also targets the state’s 10th congressional district represented by Val Demings, another black Democrat.

Politicians have taken to social media to criticize the governor’s Congressional map.

β€œRon DeSantis just released a gerrymandered and unconstitutional map of Congress,” said Florida State Senate candidate Mike Harvey. “I’m running against the GOP chair of the redistricting committee.”

“DeSantis released his version of the Congressional map that Ray Rodrigues and all the other Florida lawmakers are going to sit down and take,” said congressional candidate Cindy Banyai. “It’s a master class in gerrymandering and consolidating authoritarian power. Republicans are on course to win 4 seats.”

The National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC), which advocates for neutral maps across the country, also commented on the map on the right.

“Following his veto on a Congressional map for not being manipulated enough, Governor Ron DeSantis introduced a Congressional map that diminishes voting power for minorities, while cementing a GOP majority,” the NDRC said. .

Newsweek contacted DeSantis for comment.


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