Florida ACLU Has Their Eye on Fort Pierce Redistricting

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Fort Pierce – Tuesday April 26, 2022: The Fort Pierce City Commission is in the midst of finalizing the boundaries for the city’s 2 voting districts and the Florida ACLU has their eye on the outcome.

Nearly 30 years ago a group of black community leaders challenged the at-large city voting system in which all the commissioners and the mayor were elected by all registered city voters.

“In part that system was set up to deny black voters an opportunity to elect their preferred candidates,” said Nicholas Warren, a staff attorney with the Florida ACLU. “At the time nearly half the city was black, but that substantial black minority was drowned out in the city wide elections.”

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