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Case Summary

Common Cause Florida, Fair Districts Now, and individual voters from across Florida filed this lawsuit following the initial failure of the Florida General Assembly and Governor Ron DeSantis to agree upon a congressional map. Plaintiffs asked the federal court to step in to ensure that Florida voters could vote in congressional districts of equal population based on 2020 Census data as required by the US Constitution.

Case Updates

November 8, 2022: The three-judge panel denied Defendants’ motion to dismiss our complaint, which argues that Florida’s current congressional maps were created as a product of intentional racial discrimination in violation of the 14th and 15th Amendments. The court is satisfied that we have presented the factual allegations on “all of [the] signposts” necessary to support our arguments. This case now moves forward to discovery and eventual trial. Read our release here.

May 11, 2022: The three-judge panel granted Plaintiffs’ motion to amend the complaint. The Amended Complaint argues that Governor DeSantis and the Florida Legislature engaged in intentional discrimination in violation of the 14th and 15th Amendments.  Read the release here.

April 29,2022: Plaintiffs Common Cause FL, Fair Districts Now, individual plaintiffs were joined by Florida State Conference of the NAACP in filing an amended complaint arguing that Governor DeSantis and the Florida Legislature engaged in intentional discrimination in violation of the 14th and 15th Amendments. The amended complaint lays out the history of racial discrimination in Florida and specific discriminatory actions that Governor DeSantis and the Florida legislature took in crafting the new congressional map, including Governor DeSantis’s comments around CD5, an historically Black district in northern Florida.

April 25, 2022The Court issued an Order to Show Cause that requires Plaintiffs to file a response as to why the case shouldn’t be dismissed for mootness.

April 22, 2022: After Governor DeSantis signed a new congressional map into law, Defendant Secretary of State Lee filed a motion to dismiss the case as moot.

April 18, 2022:  Plaintiffs filed their proposed congressional district plan and brief, based on Senate Map 8060, which complies with all redistricting requirements under federal and state law, including the Florida Fair Districts Amendment. Plaintiffs also filed an expert analysis of the map which also finds that the proposed plan does not favor or disfavor any political party or incumbent and does not diminish the right of minority voters to elect their candidates of choice.

April 6, 2022: Judge Winsor denied Plaintiff’s motion to recuse and granted the motion to intervene by a group of individual Florida voters represented by the Elias Law Group.

March 25, 2022: Plaintiffs filed a motion requesting that Judge Winsor recuse himself from the case given his extensive advocacy and litigation efforts on behalf of the Florida House of Representatives during Florida’s last redistricting cycle. Read the motion and brief here.

Plaintiffs Proposed Map (Senate Map 8060)

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