Unlike the redistricting of state legislative districts, there is no automatic review by the Florida Supreme Court of the Legislature’s redistricting of congressional districts. Challenges to congressional redistricting can, however, be made by filing suit in the state circuit court. In the case of The League of the Women Voters v. Detzner pending in the Leon County Circuit Court several plaintiffs alleged that the congressional redistricting plan violates the Fair Districts Amendments of the Florida State Constitution, Art. III, Section 20. The plaintiffs recently requested that the court enter a summary judgment declaring the new redistricting map invalid. Alternatively, the plaintiffs sought a temporary injunction prohibiting use of the new redistricting map pending resolution of the case. On April 30, 2012, the trial court denied both requests. In doing so the court observed that “despite plaintiffs’ protest to the contrary, the new map appears on its face to be an improvement over the one it replaces. For these reasons, I decline to enjoin use of the challenged map while these cases are pending.”
Although the court order does not bode well for the plaintiffs, it does not determine with finality the plaintiffs’ challenge to congressional redistricting. Further proceedings in this case will be necessary and a final determination will likely not occur until after the November elections.