DeSantis’ plan to redistribute Florida is unconstitutional

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DeSantis' plan to redistribute Florida is unconstitutional

A Florida redistribution plan sponsored by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis violates the state constitution and must not be used in future congressional elections because it limits the ability of black voters in the north of the state to choose their representative, a state judge ruled Saturday.

District Judge J. Lee Marsh returned the plan to the Florida Legislature and directed lawmakers to create a new map of the congressional district that upholds the state constitution.

Voting rights groups that have challenged the plan in court “have shown that the enacted plan deprives black voters of the ability to vote for the candidate of their choice, in violation of the Florida Constitution,” Marsh wrote.

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The decision was the latest to revoke new borough cards for Congress in southern US states on the grounds that they would deprive black voters of the right to vote.

In June, the Supreme Court rejected a map drafted by Republicans in Alabama. Two Conservative and Liberal ministers rejected an attempt to weaken a landmark electoral law.

Shortly thereafter, the Supreme Court overturned its stay in a Louisiana political reshuffle case, raising the possibility that the Republican-majority state would have to redraw the lines to create a predominantly black second congressional district.

In each case, Republicans have challenged the decisions or said they would appeal because they could benefit Democratic congressional candidates running in rezoned districts in the 2024 election. The Florida case is likely to end up in the Florida Supreme Court.

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Every ten years, after the once-a-decade census, legislators from all 50 states, including Florida, redefine their political districts.

DeSantis, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, was criticized for unseating black Democratic US Representative Al Lawson after redistricting his district and dividing a large number of black voters into conservative districts controlled by white Republicans were represented.

In an unprecedented move, DeSantis obstructed the reallocation process last year when he vetoed the Republican-dominated Legislature’s card to preserve Lawson’s district.

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