Redistricting Nationwide Nears Finale With Florida Court Ruling

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A decision by the Florida Supreme Court means the November elections there will most likely be based on legislative maps that a lower court said illegally diluted the power of Black voters.

WASHINGTON — The Florida Supreme Court refused on Thursday to step into a challenge to a new map of the state’s congressional districts that was approved by the Republican State Legislature. The ruling all but ensures that the November elections will be based on districts that a lower state court said diluted the voting power of Black residents, violating the State Constitution.

The ruling, which preserves the new House map personally ordered by Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, was a fitting coda to a once-a-decade redistricting process that began with efforts to reduce the raw political self-interest built into the exercise.

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