gerrymandering

Commission accepts GOP redistricting map as ‘working document’

BY: - September 10, 2021

In a matter of a few hours, Ohio Republican leaders had introduced their proposal for legislative districts in the state, and that map had been accepted as a “working document” by the majority-Republican Ohio Redistricting Commission. Members of the GOP caucus, including staffer Ray DiRossi, who presented the Republican maps, blamed the lateness of census […]

Redistricting Commission to hold double-header Thursday

BY: - September 9, 2021

The Ohio Redistricting Commission could vote on a map in one of two meetings happening today at the Ohio Statehouse. The commission scheduled one meeting at 10 a.m. in the Finan Hearing Room, and another for 2 p.m. in the same room. On the agenda, the ORC said it “will meet to hear testimony on […]

Redistricting Commission adopts rules, Sept.1 deadline likely to pass without official map proposal

BY: - September 1, 2021

At Tuesday’s meeting of the Ohio Redistricting Commission, rules were adopted and a map was proposed. But the process is far from over. The map was submitted by the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus, and commission co-chair state Sen. Vernon Sykes, D-Akron, said the map was drawn without outside input and without vetting. He said the […]

‘Listening tour’ on redistricting ends, maps next step

BY: - August 30, 2021

Members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission ended their week in Mansfield as constituents continued to give input on legislative district map-drawing, and share their thoughts on the process. Throughout the week of two-a-day meetings, starting in Cleveland and winding through the state to Youngstown, Dayton, Cincinnati, Zanesville, Rio Grande, Lima, Toledo, Akron and Mansfield, commission […]

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Here’s what you need to know about redistricting in Ohio

BY: - August 25, 2021

On Aug. 12, the U.S. Census Bureau provided the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico with population counts to use in their redrawing of the electoral district boundaries for representation in Congress, state legislatures, and many county and municipal offices — a process also known as “redistricting.” In Ohio, this process has […]

Redistricting commission starts work under rushed timeline

BY: - August 9, 2021

The Ohio Redistricting Commission had their first meeting Friday without much fanfare, and very little on the agenda, despite a squeezed timeline to get their work done. Gov. Mike DeWine called the commission, which oversees the redrawing of legislative and Congressional voting districts, to order and announced the appointment of members and transferred the rest […]

Ohio to receive redistricting data in Aug., per agreement with federal gov’t

BY: - May 25, 2021

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. […]

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Ohio’s future is on the line(s) with redistricting in 2021

BY: - May 17, 2021

The most important issue to face Ohioans in 2021 isn’t even on most of our radar screens. Seriously, when was the last time you dove into the ramifications of redistricting with friends? I get it. Not a sexy subject. The map drawing process to reconfigure district boundaries in the state is complicated. But there’s a […]

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?  […]