Florida Republicans found guilty of gerrymandering as many as 22 voting districts

In a 5-2 ruling, Florida’s Supreme Court has scrapped the large chunk of Florida’s current congressional map. The court said that as it was drawn, the map was in blatant violation of a 2010 Constitutional amendment to Florida law that explicitly banned drawing congressional district lines along partisan lines.

It’s thought that the influence of a Republican-controlled house resulted in Florida’s voting districts being drawn in such a way that predominantly Democratic neighborhoods were rendered artificially Republican. More Republican districts in Florida meant that more seats in the U.S. House of Representatives were eventually given to Republicans.

In total, as many as 22 districts will have to be redrawn.

The ruling was markedly critical of Florida’s Republicans: According to the majority, Floridian Republican leaders knowingly deleted evidence that could have been used against them in the event that the newly drawn districts were challenged in court.

“The Legislature itself proclaimed that it would conduct the most open and transparent redistricting process in the history of the state, and then made important decisions, affecting numerous districts in the enacted map, outside the purview of public scrutiny,” the ruling reads.

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