ohio redistricting commission

Ohio chief justice: ‘We do not have a Constitution that will end gerrymandering’

BY: - September 16, 2022

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor said she plans to become a part of the anti-gerrymandering effort once she leaves office at the end of the year. In committing to her next steps after the her term-limited time as the head of the state’s highest court, she also acknowledge the failures that happened in […]

Discussions underway to propose new redistricting reform to Ohio voters

BY: - September 15, 2022

As Ohio enters its second year of redistricting, still without a constitutional map under its belt, a movement to reform the process is also reappearing. One might ask: Didn’t we already reform the process? Isn’t that how the Ohio Redistricting Commission came to be? “This process could have worked,” said Catherine Turcer, executive director of […]

Redistricting: One year later, Ohio a unique, flawed case

BY: - September 2, 2022

One year after the saga of redistricting began, Ohio is seen as a unique case study in the legal strategies and flaws that can emerge in the process. Ohio’s journey to develop maps for the legislative and congressional voting districts began with the convening of the Ohio Redistricting Commission by Gov. Mike DeWine, himself a […]

Public awaits more redistricting work, but new law gives court little leeway to force it

BY: - August 30, 2022

The Ohio Redistricting Commission still hasn’t made any moves to redraw congressional maps based on the Ohio Supreme Court’s order, but how much the state’s highest court can punish the commission isn’t clear at this point. When the court rejected the most recent set of congressional districts, they gave the General Assembly 30 days to […]

DeWine once said he’d let the courts decide. Now, maybe not so much

BY: - August 16, 2022

Just after he signed a bill dramatically restricting abortion on April 11, 2019, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine expressed great respect for the courts and the rule of law. But more than three years later — in a case involving Republican gerrymandering — DeWine’s staff seems to be saying he doesn’t have to listen to the […]

Another redistricting deadline coming up, no action expected from Ohio legislature

BY: - August 9, 2022

As the deadline approaches for the Ohio General Assembly to redraw congressional district maps ordered by the Ohio Supreme Court, it seems no action is planned. The state’s highest court struck down the map for congressional voting districts in the state on July 19, giving the GA 30 days to draw a map that wasn’t […]

Ohio Supreme Court strikes down congressional maps for second time

BY: - July 19, 2022

For the second time, the Ohio Supreme Court rejected a map for congressional districts in the state. The court ruled that the map violated the constitution by favoring one political party over another irrespective of election results across the state. “We hold that the March 2 plan unduly favors the Republican Party and disfavors the […]

No changes planned for state board of education districts, despite redistricting changes

BY: - July 12, 2022

Gov. Mike DeWine has no plans to change the state Board of Education district lines, despite several changes to the state’s redistricting landscape since the board districts were assigned. Last January, DeWine assigned districts to the members of the board after legislative redistricting maps had been approved by the Ohio Redistricting Commission. He was given […]

Only one appeal filed in federal redistricting case

BY: - June 9, 2022

A single appeal was filed in the federal redistricting case that deemed an unconstitutional map as the official map for the general election in November. But that appeal is to an issue that was folded into the original lawsuit, accusing the Ohio Redistricting Commission of discriminating against voters of color when they decided not to […]

Ohio Redistricting Commission co-chair declines to adopt legislative maps

BY: - June 3, 2022

The Republican co-chair of the Ohio Redistricting Commission declined his fellow co-chairs invitation to adopt a new legislative redistricting plan, as was ordered by the Ohio Supreme Court. The letter from state Rep. Jeff LaRe, R-Violet Twp., to state Sen. Vernon Sykes, D-Akron, went on to declare the the Ohio Constitution dictates “when and how […]

Deadline for new redistricting plan comes without action

BY: - June 3, 2022

The Ohio Supreme Court gave the Ohio Redistricting Commission until Friday to adopt a new legislative plan for the sixth time. No meetings were scheduled, and no maps have been seen or publicly announced. As of Thursday afternoon, a spokesperson for the House Republicans said “nothing has been decided.” Commission rules state that 24-hours notice […]

Local election workers tell secretary of state they can’t be ‘complicit in illegitimate elections’

BY: - June 2, 2022

A group of election precinct officials have sent a letter to the Ohio Secretary of State say they “cannot defend democracy” when the Ohio Redistricting Commission, including Secretary of State Frank LaRose, aren’t doing the same, they say. Election workers in 23 counties signed on to a letter asking the commission and LaRose to heed […]