gerrymandering

Explainer: The proposals to keep Ohio’s redistricting process on track

BY: - May 3, 2021

Ohio’s redistricting process is in a state of turmoil, with a delay in Census data leading the state to worry about there not being enough time to adequately draw new legislative maps. Republicans and Democrats have both presented plans for how Ohio can deal with these delays. In essence, legislative leaders from both parties want […]

Census data kicks off partisan brawl in statehouses over U.S. House seats

BY: - April 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — The announcement of which states will lose and gain U.S. House districts in 2023 was the opening bell for the cutthroat, once-a-decade process of redrawing district boundaries. The results of the state-level fights now unfolding will shape not only the partisan makeup of each congressional delegation, but also help determine whether Democrats can […]

Florida, North Carolina, Colorado, Montana among the winners gaining U.S. House seats

BY: - April 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — After months of delays, the U.S. Census Bureau on Monday gave states part of the critical data needed to redraw their U.S. House boundaries: an updated tally of how many people live within their borders, and the number of House districts that each state will have for the next decade. For six states, the long-awaited […]

Advocates tout an “incredible opportunity” to tamp down gerrymandering

BY: - March 22, 2021

Despite all the horrors of the coronavirus pandemic, it delivered one wrinkle that some advocates believe is an unprecedented opportunity to mitigate “partisan gerrymandering.”  Ever wonder why Congress or the state legislature not only refuse to do things that have support of 70% of the public, they often turn around and do the exact opposite?  […]

Census data delays may significantly impact Ohio redistricting process

BY: - February 15, 2021

Delays in processing the 2020 U.S. Census data will likely impact Ohio’s ability to redraw legislative districts later this year. The U.S. Census Bureau announced last Friday it has pushed back the deadline to release population data to Sept. 30, months later than was originally expected, due to the pandemic. The delay could pose major […]

Ohio leaders say they’d like more competitive lege, congressional districts, cite challenges

BY: - February 3, 2021

Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted on Tuesday said they hope a new system of drawing congressional and state legislative districts will result in more competitive elections. But, they cautioned, the task will be far from simple. Ohio has among the worst partisan gerrymandering, according to multiple analyses.  Districts are typically redrawn once […]

COMMENTARY

New electoral districts are coming – an old approach can show if they’re fair

BY: - December 8, 2020

When the results of the 2020 U.S. Census are released, states will use the figures to draw new electoral district maps for the U.S. House of Representatives and for state legislatures. This process has been controversial since the very early days of the nation – and continues to be so today. Electoral district maps designate […]

Mailbag: What is the process for Ohio redistricting in 2021?

BY: - December 3, 2020

It comes to no surprise that Ohioans’ Spotify Wrapped messages show an overwhelming amount of time spent reading the Ohio Capital Journal Mailbag. Move over, Ariana Grande! Let’s get to it. Got a question about Ohio politics/government? Send them by email to [email protected] or tweet them to @tylerjoelb.  “I know questions about redistricting have been […]

Ohio congressional map to be redrawn after decade of gerrymandering

BY: - November 10, 2020

Democrat Shannon Freshour’s campaign against U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, began with a viral announcement and she stayed in the spotlight for the year to follow.  Republican Christina Hagan, running against U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, got an endorsement tweet from Donald Trump. The president even shared Hagan’s campaign donation page to his millions of […]

COMMENTARY

Taking stock of the 2020 Election results in Ohio and their consequences

BY: - November 4, 2020

While the U.S. anxiously awaits the results of an extremely close presidential election, the results in Ohio are becoming far more clear. The long and short of it appears to be: President Donald Trump has won in Ohio (by an eight point margin, the same spread as 2016, and two points higher than his winning […]

The money and interests targeting Ohio’s legislature and Supreme Court in 2020

BY: - February 17, 2020

It’s not an understatement to say this November’s General Election will have monstrous implications. Everything comes to a head in this 2020 cycle: the legislatures, the courts, the census, control of the new redistricting effort and a presidential race sure to bring immense turnout this fall.  As such, both political parties are doing everything they […]

Ohio is likely to lose a congressional seat. Here’s why that’s a huge deal

BY: - January 9, 2020

WASHINGTON — Ohio is projected to lose a U.S. House seat in the coming years, new data show — a change that would diminish the state’s influence in national politics and could lead to less money for federally funded projects and services like roads and health care facilities. “It’s virtually certain that we will be […]