A Democratic candidate vying for an open U.S. House seat in Florida asked a federal court to require Gov. Ron DeSantis to schedule a special election.
Rev. Elvin Dowling, one of a number of candidates seeking to fill the 20th Congressional District seat that was vacated upon the death of Rep. Alcee Hastings on April 6, argued in a lawsuit filed Thursday that DeSantis is violating federal and state law for not yet scheduling an election to replace Hastings and that the district’s lack of representation in Congress amounts to voter suppression.
“The persistent vacancy being allowed by Governor DeSantis leaves the people of the Twentieth District without representation in this current legal and political environment in which the United States Congress is taking action on measures critical to Black Americans,” the lawsuit read.
Dowling pointed to demographic data in Florida’s 20th District, the most recent of