Judge rules Ron DeSantis’ congressional map wrongly diminished Black voting power

A judge ordered the Florida Legislature to produce a new congressional map with a minority-majority seat in North Florida. If the ruling stands, that could have long-and short-term political ramifications for the next eight years.

Restoring a district controlled by Black voters will almost certainly change the partisan makeup of Florida’s congressional delegation by creating one more Democratic-leaning seat. The ruling could also firmly cement restrictions from the Fair Districts amendment to guide redistricting in coming decades.

Leon Circuit Court Judge Lee Marsh ruled in favor of plaintiffs suing the state over its current map. Marsh said a map demanded by Gov. Ron DeSantis violated Florida’s Constitution

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