Republicans in Florida’s Home on Thursday permitted a brand new congressional map backed by Governor Ron DeSantis that provides the get together a serious benefit in November’s elections whereas eliminating two majority-Black districts.
After passage by the state Senate on Wednesday, the brand new district boundaries solely await DeSantis’ signature to enter impact.
The Home vote got here quickly after Black lawmakers disrupted the proceedings by staging a sit-in protest. Throughout debate on the proposed map, Black Democrats joined by white colleagues sat on the ground and sang the civil rights anthem “We Shall Overcome,” forcing the Republican Home Speaker Chris Sprowls to name a recess.
“We can’t permit the elimination of Black illustration. It is a direct assault on democracy,” mentioned Consultant Angie Nixon, a Democrat, as she live-streamed the protest whereas carrying a T-shirt that learn “Cease the Black Assault.”
A number of Republicans attacked Democrats, whom they mentioned had been obstructing legislative enterprise.
“I hope the rebellion on the Home Flooring is handled appropriately. #LockThemUp,” Republican Consultant Randy Effective wrote on Twitter.
Republicans ultimately returned to the ground and permitted the map on a 68-38 party-line vote whilst Democrats shouted objections.
Voting rights teams are anticipated to problem the map in courtroom as an unlawful racial and partisan gerrymander after DeSantis indicators it into legislation.
The governor, who’s seen as a prime Republican contender for the 2024 presidential marketing campaign, had beforehand vetoed a map drawn by Republican lawmakers and ordered the legislature into particular session this week to think about his administration’s proposal.
With all however two different states completed with the once-a-decade redistricting course of, the result in Florida might play a serious function in figuring out management of Congress.
DeSantis’ map would seemingly give Republicans 20 of the state’s 28 districts, 4 greater than they presently maintain. Republicans must flip 5 seats nationally to take the bulk within the U.S. Home of Representatives, which might permit them to dam a lot of Democratic President Joe Biden’s agenda.
Advocates have mentioned the plan violates the legislation by lowering the variety of Black districts from 4 to 2. DeSantis has argued that the map is “race impartial” and that the present map is racially gerrymandered in an unconstitutional means.