Florida judge rules DeSantis’ redistricting map unconstitutional over impact on black voters

The Florida redistricting plan that Gov. Ron DeSantis supports is unconstitutional and cannot be used, a state judge ruled Saturday.

Circuit Judge J. Lee Marsh ruled that the redistricting plan diminishes the ability fo black voters to elect their chosen candidates, particularly in the state’s northern region. Marsh’s order mandates that the state government begin producing a new map for congressional elections, though DeSantis’ administration is likely to appeal the decision.

Central to the case is former U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., whose district splintered under the new map. The lawmaker, who is black, had previously enjoyed support from a

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