Florida officials appeal redistricting decision, putting judge's call for a new map on hold

Florida officials appeal redistricting decision, putting judge's call for a new map on hold

Secretary of State Laurel Lee’s Office appealed a court decision which found Florida’s new congressional map was unconstitutional.

Leon Circuit Judge Layne Smith on Thursday issued an order for the map — signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis — to be replaced for the Midterms with an alternative submission from Harvard professor Stephen Ansolabehere. The replacement cartography only redraws districts in North Florida, most notably restoring Florida’s 5th Congressional District into a configuration similar to how it has looked for five years. That makes it a seat with a 49% Black population and one where a majority of voters went for Democrat Joe Biden in the 2020 Presidential Election.

But the...

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