DeSantis, Florida lawmakers sued by groups over congressional cards – WFTV

ORLANDO, Fla. — (AP) — Voters’ rights groups are suing Governor Ron DeSantis, his secretary of state and lawmakers in a bid to reject redrawn congressional districts, claiming the governor improperly influenced the process once a decade.

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The lawsuit was filed Friday in federal court in Tallahassee by Common Cause Florida and Fair Districts Now, two nonpartisan groups advocating good government.

The complaint says DeSantis overstepped his executive powers to come up with his own cards to favor Republicans.

He says his plans violate state and federal laws protecting the redistricting process from partisan gerrymandering.

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DeSantis’ plans would likely eliminate two black plurality districts.

The lawsuit says his first plan also weakened a Hispanic district, favoring Republican candidates.

Before DeSantis proposed how to redraw the districts, the Florida Senate had passed a new congressional map in January that was “substantially compliant with the law and largely successful in protecting minority voting rights,” the complaint says.

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After DeSantis’ proposals, lawmakers appeared to try to please the governor, removing their maps and redrawing the districts in a new plan.

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