Florida Judge Strikes Down Part of DeSantis House Map

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A Florida judge has struck down part of Governor Ron DeSantis’ congressional district map proposal. Judge Layne Smith ruled that the version approved by the Republican-controlled state legislature diminished the rights of African American voters in a congressional district stretching from Jacksonville west to Tallahassee.

The Hill reports:

The legislature had initially approved a map that maintained the Black-majority district in north Florida, currently held by Rep. Al Lawson (D). But DeSantis vetoed that map and insisted the legislature pass his own version, which drew Lawson out of a seat.

Smith cited a voter-approved amendment to the state constitution that requires maps to be drawn in a fair manner.

“I am finding the enacted map is unconstitutional under the Fair District Amendment because it diminishes African Americans’ ability to elect candidates of their choice,” Smith said from the bench.

Smith said he would rush to finish the written ruling so that the state could immediately appeal.

Smith opted to adopt a map proposed by plaintiffs, which leaves much of the rest of DeSantis’s map intact. The revised version redraws northern Florida to maintain Lawson’s district.

DeSantis’s intervention in the redistricting process was unprecedented for a governor in modern times and reportedly shocked Republican legislators.

DeSantis’s proposed map created 18 Republican-leaning seats and just eight Democratic-leaning seats.



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Crackerjack
Crackerjack
10 days ago

Demorats do it all the time why would this be a shock

Bill
Bill
10 days ago

Some how it is OK to gerrymander to produce a map that gives one group an advantage, but not OK to produce districts that are reasonably sized and contiguously located.

Bill
Bill
10 days ago

It is somehow OK to disadvantage white people.

Sara Horvath
10 days ago

How do they think they know how black people will vote? They assume the redistricting map will take away their choice of candidates but that’s kind of racist to say all black people vote the same way as if they are all of one mind. They are not. Everyone is an individual with their own political ideology and values. This judge should be ashamed of his bias.

Don
Don
10 days ago

The judge is a typical lefty liar.

Ted
Ted
10 days ago

I’m apsolutely sure that the democrap map was as fair as it could possibly be….

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