TALLAHASSEE- Florida’s First District Court of Appeal ruled on Friday that the stay put in place on the congressional map drawn up by Gov. Ron DeSantis should been lifted.
Saying in their ruling that “there is a high likelihood that the temporary injunction is unlawful,” the decision means the map originally approved by the state legislature will likely be in effect ahead of the November midterm elections.
At issue is the breakup of a previously majority-Black district in the Panhandle that ran from Jacksonville to Tallahassee which opponents say diminishes the voting power of minorities in the state.
Circuit Judge Layne Smith agreed last week, and ruled the map to be unconstitutional and in violation of Florida’s Fair District Amendment.
Following the latest ruling, the Plaintiffs will likely attempt to bring the case before the Florida Supreme Court in hopes of having the map struck down again.