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Andrew Pantazi edits and reports for The Tributary. He previously worked as a reporter at The Florida Times-Union.
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January 6, 2023

Court rejects Jacksonville’s appeal in redistricting case

A federal appeals panel upheld an order requiring the city to use City Council districts drawn by plaintiffs in a federal redistricting case.

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January 5, 2023

Court alters residency requirement for City Council election

U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard waived a requirement that candidates in some districts live there for six months.

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December 30, 2022

Jacksonville asks court to waive residency requirement for City Council candidates

The city of Jacksonville has asked a federal court on Wednesday to waive a requirement that City Council candidates live in their districts for six months before qualifying. All 19 council seats are up for election in March, including 14 districts and five at-large seats. U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard struck down two of the City Council’s previous attempts at

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December 23, 2022

Jacksonville will appeal judge’s rejection of election maps

The Jacksonville City Council will appeal a judge’s order requiring the city to implement an election map drawn by civil rights activists. The council met in a private meeting with city lawyers Thursday and told the lawyers to file a motion to stay U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard’s order. The city already tried earlier to stay another of Howard’s

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December 12, 2022

Jacksonville redistricting process raises questions of Sunshine Law violations

According to the version of events that Jacksonville’s city lawyers told a federal court, the City Council passed a redistricting map last month that carefully considered many factors: The council wanted a map that was “as logical and compact a geographical pattern as possible,” one that honored planning district boundaries, major roads and waterways, one that considered socioeconomic demographics and

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November 18, 2022

Plaintiffs ask court to reject Jacksonville redistricting map

The Jacksonville City Council failed to fix the problems with its original redistricting plan, plaintiffs argued Friday in a court filing a sking a federal judge to reject the city’s second attempt at drawing new district lines. Last month, U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard struck the city’s council and Duval County’s School Board district maps as racial gerrymanders, finding

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November 4, 2022

Jacksonville City Council plans to vote today on new district maps

The Jacksonville City Council plans to vote Friday on new district maps after the old ones were struck down as unconstitutional racial gerrymanders, yet after three days of committee meetings, it’s not clear that the council has enough votes to approve the maps. Last month, U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard struck the city’s council and Duval County’s School Board

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October 21, 2022

Jacksonville hires redistricting expert after gerrymandering ruling

A day after Jacksonville argued in court that it didn’t have enough time to pass new redistricting maps, City Council President Terrance Freeman rejected that. “The charge of this committee is to complete new maps,” he said at the beginning of the first redistricting committee meeting. “And we will do so. This committee will meet the court’s established timeline.” Last week,

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October 17, 2022

City Council will fight racial gerrymandering order

The Jacksonville City Council has decided to appeal a federal court order that found the city had likely racially gerrymandered its district lines. While waiting on the appeal, the council will try to draw a new map to comply with the court order. Council President Terrance Freeman said the council “disagrees with the outcome of the Court order. Therefore, we

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October 12, 2022

Judge strikes down Jacksonville redistricting as racial gerrymandering

A federal judge has struck down seven Jacksonville City Council and three Duval School Board districts in the racial gerrymandering lawsuit brought against the city. U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard found that City Council likely used race as a predominant factor in drawing the maps in violation of the 14th Amendment. “The evidence that the Challenged Districts are the

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