DeSantis-appointed judge declares Florida redistricting map unconstitutional over Black voter suppression
Florida Governor Rob DeSantis speaks at the University of Miami in 2019. (

A judge appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has reportedly decided that a redistricting map created by Florida Republicans is unconstitutional.

CNN correspondent Dianne Gallagher reported that Florida Circuit Court Judge Layne Smith determined "that a new congressional map approved by Gov. Ron DeSantis is likely unconstitutional, siding with Democrats and voting rights groups who said the map would illegally suppress Black voters in northern Florida."

The judge indicated that he would issue an order preventing the map from going into effect "because it diminishes African Americans' ability to elect the representative of their choice," Gallagher said.

Smith suggested that congressional maps that DeSantis had previously vetoed could be used as a model for new maps.

Read the CNN report here.