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Miami agrees to settle racial gerrymandering lawsuit

by The 100 Companies

Miami now has voting district boundaries based more on geography than race.

Commissioners voted 4-1 to accept a settlement with five residents, four local advocacy organizations and the ACLU of Florida. Joe Carollo was alone voting “no.”

The agreement included a new map by the plaintiffs and $1.6 million in compensation for their legal fees. Miami spent $1.3 million on the case since the groups sued in December 2022.

The plaintiffs’ map largely maintains the shapes of the prior districts; but where the prior map formed “irregular appendages,” the ACLU said, the new districts “follow major roads and easily recognizable boundaries.

– Jesse Scheckner, Florida Politics

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