Jacksonville begins work on new City Council map

In the wake of a federal judge striking down Jacksonville’s redistricting map for its 2023 elections, a City Council Special Committee began work anew Thursday with an eye toward completion in just a few weeks.

The committee, which consists of six Republicans and one Democrat, was formed this month, after Judge Marcia Morales Howard ruled the map passed earlier this year was illegal and created “unnecessary racial segregation.” The major issue: it packed Black voters North and West of the St. Johns River into four City Council districts.

That offered advantage to a few Democrats, but at a cost. Though Duval County has

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