Ohio Supreme Court Strikes Down GOP Redistricting Proposal

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On Friday, the Ohio Supreme Court struck down a redistricting proposal endorsed by Ohio Republicans.  

Background: The new maps, drawn by the Republican-controlled state legislature after the redistricting commission came to an impasse in November, was accused of favoring one party. At least 12 of Ohio’s 16 congressional districts would have favored Republicans under the legislature’s proposed map. (per The Hill)  

On Wednesday, the state Supreme Court struck down legislative district lines on the same basis that the lines unduly favored one party.  

What Happened: The state Supreme Court came to a narrow 4-3 ruling, the majority concluded that the boundary lines violated a voter-approved measure in 2018.  

[T]he evidence in these cases makes clear beyond all doubt that the General Assembly did not heed the clarion call sent by Ohio voters to stop political gerrymandering,” Justice Michael Donnelly wrote for the majority.  

What Comes Next: The majority-Republican legislature must now come up with another map proposal in 30 days that will pass in court.  

If the legislature is unable to come up with final district lines, the voter-created redistricting commission consisting of Republican Governor Mike Dewine, Republican Auditor Keith Faber, Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose, and four representatives from the legislature will have 30 days to craft their own maps. (per The Hill)  

What Democrats Say: Democrats called the ruling a win.  

“It is time for the state legislature to put aside partisan interests and prioritize the needs of Ohio voters. It is time for legislative leaders to put aside their personal partisan interests and create truly fair and representative maps that reflect Ohio,” said Catherine Turner from Common Cause Ohio. “The manipulation of districts is the manipulation of elections and voters have had enough.”



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Kate
9 days ago

It’s sort of like “the pot calling the skillet black”that’s what the Dems have been doing for a long time. Every fox smells it’s own hole first.

Big Ed
9 days ago

Same old, same old. In Ohio, Republicans drew maps favorable for Republicans and it is labeled “cheating”. Meanwhile because the last census showed Illinois should lose a seat in Congress-the Democrats quickly redrew the maps and made certain the seat lost belonged to a Republican. The same thing happened in California-the state lost a congressional seat, but the maps were gerrymandered to make the seat lost a Republican seat. The census gives the Republicans a congressional seat and the Democrats steal it back-net gain for the Democrats……NOT cheating, though.

Roger Kirkland
Roger Kirkland
9 days ago

They are doing it all wrong !! You have to weaken voting laws to allow for dead people and illegal immigrants to vote and to allow for thousands of illegally harvested ballots to be counted. That is how the Democrats do it.

Boaz
9 days ago

Apparently members of the Ohio Supreme Court don’ know what’s going on around the country? And they just created the same cheating method for the Democrats. Get your heads out of your ass!

Marina
Marina
8 days ago

That is a big lie, if the voters vote for one party or another doesn’t really matter where they live, but the dem party has control of the location of “the largest election fraud organization”, joKe bidet, which will be disturbed if they redistrict .

James Wood
James Wood
8 days ago

Sounds like the separation of powers isn’t working – since when does the judicial branch determine the voting districts -I would think this falls under the legislators responsibilities period

Charles Sergeant
Charles Sergeant
8 days ago

Oddly not the case in Maryland – in fact almost the exact opposite

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