ohio redistricting commission

Coalition rallies at Statehouse, demands redistricting hearings

BY: - October 21, 2021

The Equal Districts Coalition held a rally on the Ohio Statehouse steps on Wednesday, calling for public hearings on congressional redistricting maps that they said should have already been held by the official Ohio Redistricting Commission. “The lack of leadership to follow through with the will of the people is troubling to say the least,” […]

Redistricting deadlines have no ‘teeth,’ advocates pessimistic

BY: - October 19, 2021

With less than two weeks before the next congressional redistricting deadline, anti-gerrymandering groups are still in the dark on progress of the Ohio Redistricting Commission, and aren’t hopeful the deadline will be met. “Nobody has really been able to get an understanding of the calendar,” said J. Collin Marozzi, policy strategist for the ACLU of […]

Redistricting court challenges move forward

BY: - October 11, 2021

The fight over the legislative redistricting maps is ongoing in the Ohio Supreme Court, with a few wins already registered for opponents of the new maps. In the three different cases being considered by the state’s highest court, one from the League of Women Voters of Ohio, another from the Ohio Organizing Collaborative and yet […]

Congressional maps proposed as process heads back to commission

BY: - October 4, 2021

With the state legislature missing the Sept. 30 deadline to approve congressional maps, the state redistricting commission now has a month to propose, agree to and approve new district lines for Ohio’s U.S. representatives in Congress. The commission starts out with two proposals already submitted, one from Ohio Senate Democrats and one from the independent […]

Senate Dems propose congressional map

BY: - September 30, 2021

The day before the first deadline for congressional maps in Ohio, Democrats in the state Senate released a map of district lines which reduce the Republican lean in the state. The map was released as Senate Bill 237, and was introduced Wednesday by Ohio Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko, D-Richmond Heights, and state Sen. Vernon […]

Third lawsuit added to pile against redistricting maps

BY: - September 28, 2021

Religious and environmental groups have added their name to the list of lawsuits against the Ohio Redistricting Commission and the four-year maps approved earlier this month. The lawsuit filed today by the Ohio Organizing Collaborative, the Council on American-Islamic Relations of Ohio, the Ohio Environmental Council, is the third court challenge that’s been made to […]

Lawsuit accuses Ohio Redistricting Commission of violating constitution

BY: - September 24, 2021

The ACLU has filed an expected lawsuit disputing the partisan legislative redistricting maps passed earlier this month by the Ohio Redistricting Commission. The Ohio and national chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union, along with law firm Covington & Burling, LLP, announced the lawsuit Thursday afternoon, accusing the Republican majority of “disrespecting the letter and […]

Congressional redistricting plan still up in the air a week before deadline

BY: - September 23, 2021

With one week to go before the first official deadline for the congressional district maps in Ohio, how and when the process will start is still unknown with one chamber leader anticipating yet another blown constitutional deadline. At a Fair Districts Ohio rally earlier this week across from the Statehouse, advocacy groups pushed forward in […]

COMMENTARY

Gerrymandering is cheating: Don’t let them get away with it

BY: - September 21, 2021

Missouri Republicans thought they could get away with it. “Democracy will cease to exist in Missouri,” declared one newspaper editorial, if state Republicans ignore the will of the people on Medicaid expansion. They tried. For over a year. GOP lawmakers turned their backs on a majority of Missouri voters who amended the Missouri Constitution to […]

With gerrymandering comes strong opinions. But what is it?

BY: - September 20, 2021

The saga over drawing legislative districts in Ohio was an intense one, despite a shorter timeline in which to redraw district maps. But it’s not over yet. With a potential court battle coming, along with a new deadline, this time for congressional districts, the concept of gerrymandering is on people’s minds. Gerrymandering comes up every […]

Huffman defends his maps, redistricting process despite no bipartisan support

BY: - September 17, 2021

State Senate President Matt Huffman defended decisions he and Republican members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission made as they moved forward with a partisan, four-year redistricting plan for the state. Just after midnight on Thursday, maps filed under his name passed through the commission on a 5-2 party-line vote. The maps were only slightly different […]

Republican majority gerrymanders Ohio for another four years

BY: - September 16, 2021

With some using words like “disappointment” and “unease,” Republican majority members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission passed maps of General Assembly districts on Thursday heavily favoring GOP supermajorities that will last four years, if they make it through the courts. In a process that bypassed the midnight deadline by minutes, the commission split along party […]