A Florida judge on Wednesday struck down a portion of a redistricting map drawn by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and his staff.
Driving the news: “I am finding that the enacted map is unconstitutional under the Fair District amendment … because it diminishes African Americans’ ability to elect the representatives of their choice,” Leon County Circuit Judge Layne Smith said.
- Smith is expected to issue a formal order on Thursday or Friday to ensure that the maps are not in effect during November’s election, AP reports.
Why it matters: DeSantis’ plan dismantles the North Florida seat now held by a Black Democrat.