Florida’s redistricting mess heads to special session after DeSantis vetoes ‘defective’ map

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“Today, I vetoed a map that violates the U.S. Constitution, but that does not absolve the Legislature from doing its job,” Gov. DeSantis said.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis kept his promise on Tuesday and vetoed a new congressional map while also calling for a mid-April special legislative session so lawmakers can craft new maps that satisfy him.

DeSantis during a press conference at the Capitol contended the Legislature-approved congressional map was “defective” and violated federal law. He made clear he would be opposed to any proposal designed to keep intact districts that had a sizable minority population, but where minority voters do not constitute an overall majority.

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