Florida judge says DeSantis’ redistricting map is unconstitutional

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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. 

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