redistricting

Redistricting commission again answers for contempt charges

BY: - May 13, 2022

The Ohio Redistricting Commission has yet again responded to requests of the Ohio Supreme Court to hold members in contempt for their actions on legislative redistricting. The state supreme court asked that co-chairs state Rep. Jeff LaRe and state Sen. Vernon Sykes, along with the other members, Gov. Mike DeWine, state Sen. Rob McColley, Auditor […]

Redistricting Commission: Leave unconstitutional maps for 2022 election

BY: - May 10, 2022

The Ohio Redistricting Commission is asking the state supreme court to rule on a legislative plan previously deemed unconstitutional only after it has been used for the 2022 general election. Those that agreed to resubmit a February version of the legislative redistricting plan treated the new/old plan as a “stop-gap” measure in arguments against objections […]

Ohio Redistricting Commission members maintain innocence on contempt

BY: - May 9, 2022

Current and former members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission have defended themselves against allegations of contempt of the Ohio Supreme Court, despite saying the claims are moot now that the commission has adopted a map before the deadline. Court challengers had asked the Ohio Supreme Court to revisit contempt allegations in legislative redistricting cases. The […]

Ohio Redistricting Commission resubmits maps already rejected as illegal by supreme court

BY: - May 5, 2022

The Ohio Redistricting Commission Thursday voted to resubmit maps to the Ohio Supreme Court that the court has already rejected as illegal and unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering. The commission once again passed its third map 4-3 along party lines, with the exception of Republican Auditor Keith Faber, who said he voted no for the same reasons […]

Redistricting commission meets with new staff, still no action

BY: - May 5, 2022

Some of the players on the Ohio Redistricting Commission changed for their Wednesday meeting, but the amount of action did not. The commission met to start the process of redrawing legislative maps, two days before the Friday morning deadline set by the Ohio Supreme Court. This is the fifth attempt at legislative district lines for […]

Ohio Redistricting Commission will talk legislative maps May 4

BY: - April 29, 2022

The Ohio Redistricting Commission will reconvene next week for the first time since the state supreme court rejected their fourth attempt at legislative maps April 14. In a letter to his fellow ORC co-chair state Sen. Vernon Sykes, House Speaker Bob Cupp said it is “unwise” and “not feasible” for the commission to meet before […]

Court challengers push contempt charges against redistricting commission

BY: - April 27, 2022

Anti-gerrymandering groups are again asking the Ohio Supreme Court to determine if the Ohio Redistricting Commission should be held in contempt, and to force the commission to meet by the end of the week to redraw legislative maps. The ACLU, on behalf of several groups including the League of Women Voters of Ohio and the […]

No Ohio redistricting meetings in sight, despite Dem demands

BY: - April 26, 2022

Members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission have not publicly announced any plans to meet and discuss legislative redistricting, despite requests by Democratic members, and a mandate by the Ohio Supreme Court. Commission co-chair, state Sen. Vernon Sykes, D-Akron, and House Minority Leader Allison Russo, D-Upper Arlington, met with reporters Monday outside the committee room that […]

COMMENTARY

Don’t let Ohio’s hot mess stop you from exercising your freedom to vote

BY: - April 26, 2022

What a hot mess. Thanks to Ohio Republicans, enjoying a monopoly of power from the last redistricting sham they engineered after the 2010 Census, a critical election has been turned into a crapshoot. Thanks to one party, impervious to the needless chaos it created for voters, poll workers, and election administrators with lopsided district maps […]

Ohio federal court plans to intervene without legislative redistricting plan by May

BY: - April 21, 2022

A federal court says without action in the latest legislative redistricting process, they will institute a previously rejected map into the 2022 election. The three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio Eastern Division has previously held back from making decisions in the uncertain redistricting effort concerning state Senate and […]

May primary continues for other races as state legislative district chaos continues

BY: - April 20, 2022

Voting for the races in the May 3 primary is still going on, despite uncertainty concerning legislative maps. The primary ballot for May will include races for governor, attorney general, auditor of state, secretary of state, treasurer of state, Ohio Supreme Court and congressional races for U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, along with […]

Ohio Supreme Court rejects legislative maps, sets fifth redistricting deadline

BY: - April 15, 2022

The Ohio Supreme Court turned away a fourth set of redistricting plans from the Ohio Redistricting Commission in a 4-3 decision on Thursday, but left the responsibility with the commission to redraw the maps yet again. In a separate announcement, the court also denied requests to hold commissioners in contempt of court for violating court […]