With North Florida congressional district gone, Black voters wonder: ‘What happens to us?’

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TALLAHASSEE — The caravan took off at dawn, more than a dozen cars and trucks lumbering out of Jacksonville and onto Interstate-10, cutting west toward Tallahassee.

At the wheel of his black Toyota Camry was Ben Frazier, founder and president of the Northside Coalition of Jacksonville, a local group whose mission is to fight for civil rights.

The destination was the Florida Capitol, where the Republican-majority Legislature was starting a three-day special session to supposedly review redrawn congressional maps that Gov. Ron DeSantis wanted to help bolster GOP political power in the nation’s biggest battleground state. It was a foregone conclusion that lawmakers would OK the new maps, which would make it harder for North Florida voters to elect a Black member of Congress.

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