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League of Women Voters of Florida Reacts to Appeals Court Decision in Redistricting Case

The First District Court of Appeals has overturned the Circuit Court’s ruling in Black Voters Matter Capacity Building Institute v. Byrd , which includes the League of Women Voters of Florida as a plaintiff.

The original ruling declared the enacted map unconstitutional and enjoined the Secretary of State from using that map in future congressional elections however this overturning now allows the unconstitutional map directly diminishing the power of Black voters to stand.

Cecile M. Scoon, Esq., co-president of the League of Women Voters of Florida released the following statement following this ruling:

“The rights of all Floridians were crushed by this ruling leaving in place the governor and legislature’s unfair diminishment of minority voting power. This ruling also flies in the face of the Florida Supreme Court’s order that such diminishment is prohibited. This type of ruling breeds chaos and tears down the public’s trust in the judiciary as the trial court refused to follow well established precedent to protect Florida’s Fair District Amendments. The ruling also rewards the governor and state legislators for disregarding the voice of the people who voted for Fair Districts Amendments through a citizen’s initiative process with more than 60% of the vote. In essence, our state government has thumbed its nose at the Florida Supreme Court and all Floridians when they refused to follow the law as required by every citizen in the state of Florida. This is a flagrant example of one rule for the mighty, and another rule for everyone else. We will continue this fight for fair maps.”

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