The current district map for the Ohio Senate. Map courtesy the Ohio Secretary of State.
The state of Ohio and federal government have reached an agreement to make sure U.S. Census Data is released by Aug. 16 that will be used for redistricting purposes.
The government had already promised to abide by that date, but now is required to meet that August deadline as part of a legal settlement agreement.
The release of population data has been a major point of concern for Ohio officials, who are preparing for the decennial redistricting process in which state and federal legislative districts are redrawn for the next decade.
Since the last time districts were redrawn, Ohio voters approved a new redistricting system to ensure better transparency and bipartisan support. The new process outlines specific deadlines for this fall that officials must meet in drawing and approving the new maps.
Delays in processing 2020 U.S. Census results put the state at risk of meeting those deadlines. While the federal government was supposed to provide redistricting data months ago, it still has not done so.
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost sued the government in an effort to receive the data in time to meet the state’s redistricting deadlines.
A federal judge initially dismissed the case. As Ohio awaited an appeal’s hearing, the government announced it could give the state the requisite data by Aug. 16.
Ohio went through with the appeals process seeking a court order to require that Aug. 16 date be met. Yost appealed and received a more favorable ruling from an appellate court. The settlement agreement was announced Tuesday.
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