On Monday November 29, 2021, the Florida House of Representatives published two draft congressional district maps as part of this year’s redistricting process. Based on the 2020 election results the first map would have had former President Trump winning in 17 of 28 congressional districts. The second one would have seen him victorious in 18 out of 28.
In reaction to these draft maps, Florida Democratic Party Chair Manny Diaz issued the following statement:
“The draft congressional redistricting maps released by the Florida House this week are reflective of the Florida GOP’s clear and deliberate plan to cripple democracy in the Sunshine State. Not content with restricting voting access and criminalizing peaceful protests they are now moving towards distorting our congressional districts for partisan gain over the next decade.
“Our system of government is based on the principle of voters electing their representatives, not the other way around. The gerrymandered draft maps presented by the Florida House, developed with hardly any public input, are more of the same self-serving, backroom wheeling and dealing that has steadily degraded democracy and set our state back over the last two decades of Republican rule.”