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Judge blocked DeSantis’ redistribution plan; State Appeal

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ( Associated Press) — A judge’s ruling that a new congressional map drawn by Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ employees are unconstitutional, appealed by state.

The notice of appeal on Thursday came hours after Circuit Judge Layne Smith issued an injunction blocking DeSantis’s map from being used in November’s election.

Smith said in his order, “Since this Court has found a violation of the Florida Constitution and it is time to remedy the violation, this Court must consider which remedy is appropriate.” “This Court has found that a narrower measure – which only addresses the shortfalls discussed in this order – is most appropriate.”

Smith ordered that a map drawn by a Harvard professor testifying for the plaintiff be used, but the state’s appeal kept the DeSantis map in place. The matter goes to the First District Appellate Court.

Florida gained its 28th congressional district due to population growth over the past decade, meaning that Smith could not order the use of current maps while the trial continued.

The appeal comes as the state approaches the June 13 to 17 qualifying period for federal office, and whatever the appellate court decides, the map will then be taken to the state’s Supreme Court. DeSantis appointed three of the seven current judges.

The map was challenged by several voting rights groups, who argued it was unconstitutional because it broke up the North Florida district held by Democratic Rep. Al Lawson, where black residents make up about 50% of the population. Smith agreed, saying that DeSantis’ map takes a district with 367,000 black voters and distributes them into four districts that would be overwhelmingly white.

In an unprecedented move, DeSantis, a potential 2024 presidential candidate, intervened in the process by submitting his own map just before the Senate was scheduled to approve his map.

During the 60-day legislative session that ended in March, the Senate did not take into account the governor’s map, and the House approved two maps, a primary map to try to appease DeSantis and a second if the first map. was found to be unconstitutional.

While the House was debating its motion, DeSantis used Twitter to say it would be dead on arrival. The Senate later approved the House map, and DeSantis kept his promise and vetoed the bill.

DeSantis has stated that the District of Lawson is non-alcoholic on the basis of race and claimed that it violates the US Constitution. He has said that his map is neutral on race. The district of Lawson extends 200 miles (320 km) from Jacksonville to Gadsden in an effort to connect Black communities.

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