redistricting

Redistricting fights in Ohio begin, this time with an open records request

BY: - July 19, 2021

The redistricting process still has a long way to go, but a battle to keep track of public records during the process has already begun in a court case between the ACLU and the Ohio House of Representatives. The ACLU asked the Ohio Supreme Court to compel employees within the Ohio House and the offices […]

DeWine signs budget, blocks erasure of COVID-19 health violations

BY: - July 1, 2021

Gov. Mike DeWine signed the $74 billion, two-year state budget into law, keeping in place nearly all of its signature policy positions and spending priorities while once again nixing an effort by Republican lawmakers to counter his administration’s methods of handling the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. The governor also vetoed an attempt by Republican lawmakers to […]

Ohio GOP leaders may have sole power to intervene in gerrymandering cases

BY: - June 14, 2021

A last-second addition to the Ohio Senate’s budget proposal would give Republican leaders sole ability to contest legal challenges to the new legislative maps drawn this year. Ohio voters in 2015 and 2018 approved new redistricting processes for drawing state and congressional districts that will be first implemented this year. The new system encourages greater […]

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 […]

Ohio loses a congressional seat, will have 15 for next decade

BY: - April 26, 2021

Ohio’s sway in Congress ain’t what it used to be. The Buckeye State will lose one congressional seat when the map is redrawn ahead of the 2022 elections, the U.S. Census Bureau announced Monday. Ohio will go from 16 seats to 15. The U.S. House of Representatives has 435 total seats that are divided up […]

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 […]

This tool lets you try drawing your own legislative map

BY: - December 16, 2020

The year 2021 will be an important one in Ohio politics.  It’s a year of redistricting: the 16 Congressional districts will be redrawn, as will the 99 Ohio House of Representatives districts and the 33 Ohio Senate districts. Have you ever wondered what it’s like to draw these districts on a map of Ohio? A […]

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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 […]