In a 5-2 decision the Florida Supreme Court on April 27 2012 approved the legislature’s second attempt to redraw the state senate district map. The court previously rejected the senate map, forcing the state legislature to reconvene to redraw the map. Justice Perry, joined by Justice Quince, dissented from the majority as to District 8, a historically black district which was split by the new map. Perry concluded “Because I would find that Redrawn District 8 is noncompact, does not follow consistent geographic and political bounties, and splits Daytona Beach to the detriment of black voters and diluting their minority voting power and influence, I dissent to that portion of the majority‘s decision.”
The remaining hurdle to the state senate and house maps is a review by the U.S. Department of Justice to determine if the maps violate the federal Voting Rights Act or impair minority voting rights in five counties with a history of discrimination: Hillsborough, Monroe, Hendry, Collier and Hardee.
The opinion can be read here.