For Immediate Release
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – On Tuesday, March 30, Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed a two-map legislative package drawn with bipartisan support. The advocacy organization Faith in Florida issued the following statement, which can be attributed to Rev. Rhonda Thomas, executive director:
“Nothing Gov. DeSantis does surprises me or the people of our great state. Based on his actions, it is easy to surmise that the needs of Floridians are of little concern to Gov. DeSantis. His actions demonstrate a callousness toward Floridians that is difficult to understand. Unfortunately, the governor has a political agenda and plans for 2024 that are not aligned with current and future needs of Floridians.
“Vetoing legislative maps that drawn with bipartisan support is a huge disappointment. His actions will further complicate life for hardworking voters (many of whom are Black and Brown people), who deserve a say in our democracy and a fair shot at electing candidates of choice.
“Faith in Florida will continue to fight for what is right. We will not be deterred. We will continue working to protect and expand democracy by encouraging as many voters as possible to get out and vote. The resistance we see today is the response to our organizing success. Black and Brown voters will not be deterred, regardless of the undemocratic bills lobbed our way.”