Governor Ron DeSantis speaking with attendees at the 2021 Student Action Summit hosted by Turning Point USA at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida. [Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore Via Wikimedia Commons]
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has vetoed two proposed congressional maps sent to him by the Republican legislatures.
The controversy focused on one map that would have redrawn the Tallahassee Fifth District held by Democrat Al Lawson, and one map that would have kept it in tact.
Both maps would have given the republicans a 16-12 advantage in Florida, but that is not good enough for DeSantis. His office has proposed a map that would create 18 Republican leaning seats compared to 10 Democrat leaning ones. DeSantis has argued that the district is currently racially gerrymandered, and the Florida legislature drew their two maps in order to have a fail safe in case the majority black district was ruled to be required by the Constitution.
DeSantis claimed his decision was just and protected Florida citizens from unconstitutional racial gerrymanders, stating, “We have a responsibility to produce maps for our citizens that do not contain unconstitutional racial gerrymanders… Today, I vetoed a map that violates the U.S. Constitution, but that does not absolve the Legislature from doing its job. I appreciate the Legislature’s willingness to work with me to pass a legally compliant map.”