Judge finds Florida's Republican-backed congressional map illegally harms Black voters

5/12/2022 1:18:00 AM

A Florida judge on Wednesday said the state's new congressional map, championed by Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, unconstitutionally dilutes Black citizens' voting power.

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A Florida judge on Wednesday said the state's new congressional map, championed by Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, unconstitutionally dilutes Black citizens' voting power.

During a virtual hearing, Circuit Court Judge J. Layne Smith said the map that passed the legislature last month at DeSantis' urging 'diminishes African Americans' ability to elect the representative of their choice' in a north Florida district in violation of the state constitution.

American politician(Reuters) - A Florida judge on Wednesday said the state's new congressional map, championed by Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, unconstitutionally dilutes Black citizens' voting power.During a virtual hearing, Circuit Court Judge J. Layne Smith said the map that passed the legislature last month at DeSantis' urging "diminishes African Americans' ability to elect the representative of their choice" in a north Florida district in violation of the state constitution.

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Ron DeSantis American politician (Reuters) - A Florida judge on Wednesday said the state's new congressional map, championed by Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, unconstitutionally dilutes Black citizens' voting power.May 10, 2022 at 5:07 pm Expand Fourth District Appellate Justice Lisa Holder White has been appointed to the Illinois Supreme Court.the long, narrow congressional district—which is represented by Rep.SPRINGFIELD, Ill.

During a virtual hearing, Circuit Court Judge J. Layne Smith said the map that passed the legislature last month at DeSantis' urging "diminishes African Americans' ability to elect the representative of their choice" in a north Florida district in violation of the state constitution.S. Smith indicated he planned to issue a formal order on Thursday or Friday striking down the map, which would then likely be appealed by the state.” Key Background. Voting rights groups challenged the map in a lawsuit focused on the majority-Black district, which is currently held by U. Fourth District Appellate Justice Lisa Holder White was named Tuesday to replace Justice Rita Garman on the Illinois Supreme Court, becoming its first Black female justice.S."But this is the right time for me to step back from my public role and allow someone else to assume this all-important position.

Representative Al Lawson, a Black Democrat. Advertisement Firsts are nothing new for the 54-year-old jurist, who was both the first Black judge in central Illinois’ 6th Judicial Circuit and the state’s 4th District Appellate Court in Springfield. The DeSantis-backed map eliminated that district while ensuring Republicans have the edge in 20 of the state's 28 U.S. Advertisement “I’m grateful. congressional seats, giving Republicans a substantial boost as they seeks to retake control of the U.S. “It shows the importance and value of coming together and helping each other. Burke.

House of Representatives in November's midterm elections. DeSantis, who is running for reelection, is considered a potential front-runner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. Both women have been trailblazers in the Illinois judiciary. The governor previously vetoed maps that lawmakers had passed and ordered the legislature into a special session to approve new boundaries. Smith was appointed by DeSantis to his current position.S. (Reporting by Joseph Ax) Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. "Being appointed to the Illinois Supreme Court is the honor of a lifetime.

In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting Advertisement . Holder White said, as a justice, she “didn’t really take a position” on Jackson’s nomination to the high court, but noted it was “historic” and an “exciting time for the country to see the progress made.