State seeks to shield Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis from redistricting case

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Attorneys for Secretary of State Laurel Lee objected Monday to the possibility of Gov. Ron DeSantis being added as a defendant in a federal lawsuit challenging a new congressional redistricting plan. 

Voting-rights groups and other plaintiffs filed the lawsuit in March as DeSantis and state lawmakers were at an impasse about a redistricting map.

The initial version of the lawsuit requested a federal court to step in and set districts. But the Legislature in an April special session passed a DeSantis-backed redistricting plan.

The plaintiffs, who contend the new plan is unconstitutional, requested approval from a three-judge federal panel to file an amended lawsuit.

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