Amended federal lawsuit targets governor for ‘discriminatory’ redistricting plan in Florida

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It’s the measure that led Democratic lawmakers to stage a protest in Tallahassee and now voting rights groups are calling the state’s new district lines “intentionally racially discriminatory.”

In the amended complaint that was filed on Friday night, Florida’s NAACP, Common Cause Florida and Fair Districts Now argue that Gov. Ron DeSantis pressured the Florida Legislature into passing his redistricting plan.

“The Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, bullied the Florida Legislature into adopting congressional map, based on invidious discrimination against Black Floridians,” the groups said.

The plaintiffs were first asking judges to step in to make sure districts are set before this year’s elections in their original federal lawsuit. 

Tensions filled the building as the House prepared to vote on the plan during special session in April.

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