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Politics Ron DeSantis Submits His Own Congressional Redistricting Map Unprompted by Legislature

06:59  19 january  2022
06:59  19 january  2022 Source:   newsweek.com

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Ron DeSantis ’s (R) office, during its legislative session. The proposed map is thought to give Republicans an advantage in four districts, opposed to the Senate’s previous draft that would likely garner Republicans only two additional seats. We have legal concerns with the congressional redistricting maps under consideration in the legislature . We have submitted an alternative proposal, which we can support, that adheres to federal and state requirements and addresses our legal concerns, while working to increase district compactness, minimize county splits where feasible, and

Ron DeSantis has weighed in the redistricting process on Sunday as his general counsel, Ryan Newman, submitted a plan that appears to mirror the most-recent House plan that Democrats have called a gerrymandered map . “We have legal concerns with the congressional redistricting maps under consideration in the legislature . We have submitted an alternative proposal, which we can support, that adheres to federal and state requirements and addresses our legal concerns, while working to increase district compactness, minimize county splits where feasible, and protect minority

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis submitted his own congressional redistricting map proposal unprompted by the state Legislature.

Days before Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis's general counsel, Ryan Newman, submitted DeSantis' proposal for the state's congressional redistricting map, the Florida Senate Reappointment Committee had pushed its own congressional redistricting map forward. In this photo, DeSantis takes part in a roundtable discussion about the uprising in Cuba at the American Museum of the Cuba Diaspora on July 13, 2021, in Miami, Florida. © Joe Raedle/Getty Images Days before Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis's general counsel, Ryan Newman, submitted DeSantis' proposal for the state's congressional redistricting map, the Florida Senate Reappointment Committee had pushed its own congressional redistricting map forward. In this photo, DeSantis takes part in a roundtable discussion about the uprising in Cuba at the American Museum of the Cuba Diaspora on July 13, 2021, in Miami, Florida.

Ryan Newman, DeSantis' general counsel, submitted the proposal, draft P 0079, Sunday night, according to Florida Politics. Days before, the Florida Senate Reappointment Committee pushed its congressional redistricting map forward.

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Ron DeSantis ' office has submitted a congressional map for the state's redistricting process that seeks to cut the number of heavily Black districts in half. The state legislature , led by Republicans in Florida, typically oversees the redistricting process. But over the weekend DeSantis became the first governor in modern Republican mapmakers in red states have largely sought to shore up their own seats rather than carve out new districts for themselves but DeSantis ' plan appears to be an exception, and would give Republicans two more favorable seats than the plan drawn up by the state Senate.

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Newman said in a statement to Wink News that the governor's office has "legal concerns with the congressional redistricting maps under consideration in the Legislature."

"We have submitted an alternative proposal, which we can support, that adheres to federal and state requirements and addresses our legal concerns, while working to increase district compactness, minimize county splits where feasible, and protect minority voting populations," Newman said. "Because the Governor must approve any congressional map passed by the Legislature, we wanted to provide our proposal as soon as possible and in a transparent manner."

The map would make 18 districts favoring Republicans, two more than the current map the state Senate passed, Politico reported. There are 28 districts in the state, according to CNN.

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DeSantis ’ map would cut in half the number of African American districts from 4 on current proposed congressional maps to 2, while boosting the number of seats Donald Trump would have won in 2020 to 18 from the 16 on the map being considered by the GOP-led Florida Senate. 1/2.

Boards News Q&A Community Contribute Games. DeSantis proposes his own congressional redistricting map . Politics. Post New Message. In those states they don't have to cheat the map because the thing is just red as-is. That said Florida isn't winnable nationally anymore due to the post-Venezuelan crisis return of McCarthyism. Maybe locally if the gerrymandering is undone, but fat chance at this point.

DeSantis can veto congressional maps the state Legislature passes, Politico reported. Legislators, however, are prohibited from considering politics in redistricting under the state constitution.

DeSantis' proposed map would change Congressional District 20, according to the Miami Herald. It is a black-majority district that used to be represented by late U.S. Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings. A majority of the district would make a new Hispanic district, decreasing the influence of Black voters remaining. They would make up 15 percent of the district.

Congressional District 25 would also change to become Congressional District 26, the Miami Herald reported. The district would then be 61 percent non-Hispanic white. Republican U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart currently represents Congressional District 25.

A north Florida district represented by Democratic U.S. Rep. Al Lawson and a St. Petersburg district represented by Democratic U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist would also be broken up under the DeSantis' proposed map, according to The Associated Press.

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Surprise DeSantis Congress map would cut Black, Hispanic voting power, experts say. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. dedicated his life to the principles of liberty codified in the Declaration of This morning: the governor submitted a new congressional map during the state redistricting process, on the Ron DeSantis ' map sets up tension with Legislature over redistricting process. 18 hours ago.

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Lawson said in a statement to AP that the proposal was "unprecedented" and "it is evident that DeSantis is trying to restrict minority representation, specifically African-American voters."

"I am confident that this attempt by the governor to dilute the voting rights of my constituents is in clear violation of the Voting Rights Act and the Constitution," Lawson said in a statement to AP.

"In stark contrast to the Senate maps, whoever drew these maps seems to have totally disregarded the Fair Districts provisions of the Florida Constitution and federal law,'' said Ellen Freidin, president of Fair Districts Now, the advocacy organization created to oversee the implementation of the Fair Districts amendments, according to the Miami Herald.

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