Trend – Redistricting

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 […]

Analysis: Only 1 in 4 Statehouse races will be competitive under new redistricting plan

BY: - September 15, 2022

  On the first run of Ohio’s new legislative redistricting system, as few as one in four races are likely to produce competitive general elections, a new analysis shows. All 99 seats in the Ohio House and 17 of 33 Senate seats are up this year. Of those 116 races, just 30 will take place […]

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 […]

Democratic House nominee in Ohio drawn out of district by a few feet, must withdraw from race

BY: - August 22, 2022

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.   Despite her property being in the district, a Democratic nominee for […]

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The gerrymandering of public education

BY: - August 22, 2022

Ohioans believe that democracy should allow everyone to have a say in the future of our local communities and our state. We all want to elect leaders who represent our values, no matter our race, background, or zip code. But over the course of the past year, Ohioans have watched as certain elected leaders have […]

Ohio House Speaker calls redistricting deadline a ‘myth’

BY: - August 18, 2022

The Ohio House Speaker wrote a letter to members of his party claiming “intentional misinformation” and the “myth” of a deadline for congressional redistricting, and signaling an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Ohio Supreme Court turned down the most recent drafts of congressional district lines in the state, saying the partisan breakdown unduly […]

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 […]

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Republican leaders tax Ohioans with costly second primary for rigged Statehouse districts

BY: - August 9, 2022

To market members of the Grand Old Party as money-saving, by-the-book, principled conservatives must be a Herculean task in Ohio. Especially after state Republican officials blew a giant hole in their party brand with an election held for no good reason last Tuesday. Their part deux primary — that nobody knew about — destroyed any […]

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Abortion referendum shows how out-of-touch Ohio’s gerrymandered, extremist legislature is

BY: - August 4, 2022

Voters in Kansas Tuesday shot down a ballot referendum to remove abortion rights protections from their state constitution, by a margin of 59-41. Passing it would have paved the way for state lawmakers there to pass far-reaching abortion restrictions, or even an outright ban. Voters took a megaphone to the national stage and said, “No.” […]

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Ohio Supreme Court power could change under ‘independent state legislature’ theory

BY: - August 1, 2022

An obscure legal theory is in the sights of the U.S. Supreme Court, and that theory may create shockwaves, changing the power of the Ohio Supreme Court and the state legislature. The independent state legislature doctrine is an old theory with its genesis in the U.S. Constitution, specifically the clauses that give the state legislatures […]