The Associated Press reports:
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. He made it clear he would rule in favor of voting rights groups challenging the maps.
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Florida Judge Says DeSantis’ Gerrymandered Congressional Map Is Unconstitutional https://t.co/o728RkF3Bv
— Talking Points Memo (@TPM) May 11, 2022
BREAKING: FL state trial judge Layne Smith will block the DeSantis map in North FL for 2022, ordering a restored FL-05 be used this year.
FYI: Judge Smith served in Rick Scott’s admin, was appointed to the county bench by Scott, elevated to the 2nd Circuit by DeSantis.
— Nicholas Warren (@NLVWarren) May 11, 2022