In response to Governor DeSantis’s veto of Florida’s proposed congressional and calling of a special session of the legislature, the Duval County Democratic Party released the following statement:
JACKSONVILLE, FL — “Today’s veto of the legislature’s proposed congressional maps makes clear Governor DeSantis’s desires to eliminate two of Florida’s minority access districts. DeSantis’s attempts to eliminate the voting power of black voters in Congressional District 5 is an attack on the African American community and a subversion of the rule of law.
“Congressional District 5’s thirty-year existence has been sustained in decades-old state and federal court cases and is protected from diminishment in the voter-passed Fair Districting amendment. As a party, we stand firmly against any attempts to silence black voters’ voices and call on the legislature not to fold to Governor DeSantis’s unconstitutional demands in the upcoming special session.”