Florida Congressional Redistricting

July 21, 2020

Lawsuit filed by the League of Women Voters of Florida and others challenging the 2012 congressional redistricting plan passed by the Florida Legislature. The complaint alleged that the map violated the 2010 Fair Districts Amendment of the Florida Constitution, which prohibited partisan gerrymandering. The trial court found the plan unconstitutional with respect to only two districts. The parties cross-appealed to the Florida Supreme Court, which affirmed the trial court’s finding of unconstitutional intent but reversed its final judgment because the trial court had not gone far enough to require the Florida Legislature to redraw the maps to correct constitutional deficiencies. On remand, the trial court adopted an expansive remedial map, which was upheld on appeal.