Lawsuit challenging Florida’s congressional map advances in federal court

Federal courts allowed a case against Florida’s congressional map to move forward, but without Gov. Ron DeSantis as a defendant.

A three-judge panel ruled that plaintiffs challenging the constitutionality of a map the Governor signed have standing to sue. Plaintiffs claim in their federal complaint the map, drafted by DeSantis’ staff after he vetoed one produced by the Legislature, significantly diminishes Black voting power in Florida.

Attorneys for the state called for judges to dismiss the case because civil rights groups lacked standing, but plaintiffs include individual voters who live in congressional districts now represented by Black members of Congress. The

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