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Judge says he'll block Gov. Ron DeSantis' redistricting plan

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Posted at 1:08 PM, May 11, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-11 15:12:41-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) —TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A state judge has ruled that a congressional map approved by Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and drawn by his staff is unconstitutional because it breaks up a district where Black voters can choose their representatives. Leon County Circuit Judge Layne Smith said Wednesday that he will issue a formal order Thursday or Friday to keep the maps from taking effect in November’s election. Smith made it clear he would rule in favor of voting rights groups challenging the maps. DeSantis' office confirmed it will appeal the ruling.