On Friday, a Florida appeals court reinstated a Congressional map created by Governor Ron DeSantis which favors Republicans in upcoming elections.
According to The Washington Examiner:
The 1st District Court of Appeals put a stay on a prior court injunction as it evaluates that decision, allowing the map to go back into effect amid a legal battle over the state’s congressional apportionment that could head to the Florida Supreme Court.
“Given the exigency of the circumstances and the need for certainty and continuity as election season approaches, on the court’s own motion, the stay of the temporary injunction is reinstated pending the court’s disposition of the motion for review of the trial court’s vacatur of the automatic stay, which will be promptly forthcoming,” the 1st District Court of Appeals wrote.
A final decision on the lawfulness of last week’s lower court ruling had not been made. The court has simply halted the order while it evaluates the prior decision.
But the court signaled it may be poised to nix the entire ruling, noting there was a “high likelihood” the order was “unlawful.”
“The court has determined there is a high likelihood that the temporary injunction is unlawful, because by awarding a preliminary remedy to the appellees’ on their claim, the order ‘frustrated the status quo, rather than preserved it,’” the court wrote.
The ruling marks the latest redistricting loss for Democrats.