On December 15, 2022, a coalition of community and civil rights organizations and Miami voters filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Miami challenging the Miami City Commission's new redistricting plan as racially gerrymandered in violation of the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause. The plaintiffs allege the new Commission districts were drawn primarily on the basis of race - not to dilute any particular group's voting strength, but for the purpose of maintaining racially segregated voting districts - without a sufficiently compelling justification. They are seeking a judicial declaration that the redistricting plan is unconstitutional, a preliminary and permanent injunction barring the City from using the plan in future elections, and for the court to order the City to hold special elections in the event adequate relief is not available before the next election.
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami Division - No. 1:22-cv-24066
- Complaint - 12/15/22
- Defendant's Motion to Dismiss Plaintiffs' Complaint - 1/30/23