Judge to strike down DeSantis's preferred congressional map as unconstitutional

Judge to strike down DeSantis's preferred congressional map as unconstitutional


A lower court judge in Florida announced his intent on Wednesday to block a congressional map championed by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL).

Judge Layne Smith, whom DeSantis appointed to the 2nd Circuit Court of Florida, said a portion of the map was likely unconstitutional and wrongly diminished the voting rights of black voters in the Sunshine State, dealing a blow to Republicans’ redistricting lead.

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“I am finding that the enacted map is unconstitutional under the Fair Districts Amendment … because it diminishes African Americans’ ability to elect the representatives of their choice,” Smith said, per the Associated Press.

Smith could issue a preliminary injunction

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