Trend – Redistricting

Ohio Supreme Court rejects congressional map days after Statehouse maps struck down

BY: - January 14, 2022

In a 4-3 decision, the Ohio Supreme Court struck down the state’s new U.S. Congressional map on Friday, saying three counties in particular were “unduly split” by the Ohio General Assembly. “We hold that the congressional-district plan is invalid in its entirety because it unduly favors the Republican Party and disfavors the Democratic Party in […]

Ohio Supreme Court: Legislative maps unconstitutional

BY: - January 13, 2022

The Ohio Supreme Court sided with challengers of Ohio House and Senate redistricting maps, saying new maps must be drawn within 10 days. In a ruling released Wednesday afternoon, the Supreme Court announced a 4-3 decision, saying the Ohio Redistricting Commission “did not attempt to meet the standards set forth” in the legislative redistricting process […]

Judge puts federal redistricting discrimination suit on hold

BY: - January 13, 2022

A U.S. district court judge put a federal redistricting lawsuit on hold Wednesday, treating a pause for a pair of Mahoning County residents’ discrimination lawsuit as “the most efficient use of judicial resources.” Judge John R. Adams, of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio Eastern Division, said the lawsuit relies on […]

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Supreme Court dissenting justices on redistricting mock Ohioans’ rights to judicial review

BY: - January 13, 2022

The argument of the three Republican supreme court justices dissenting against the anti-gerrymandering opinion issued by the court 4-3 Wednesday appears to be: Republican politicians are allowed to rig the game in their favor against the wishes of Ohio voters and in violation of the Ohio Constitution, and the Ohio Supreme Court has no authority […]

Federal lawsuit seeks immediate change to congressional maps

BY: - January 11, 2022

As the Ohio Supreme Court weighs its decision on congressional and legislative redistricting, a group involved in a federal lawsuit wants to see the maps changed immediately. Parties suing the state accusing the Ohio Redistricting Commission and legislative leaders of ignoring racial data and federal anti-discrimination laws have asked a U.S. District Court to demand […]

Redistricting plans for Statehouse now up to the Ohio Supreme Court

BY: - December 9, 2021

Three groups challenging district maps for the Ohio House and the Ohio Senate made their cases Wednesday that the Ohio Supreme Court should reject maps approved by state Republican leaders. The League of Women Voters, The Ohio Organizing Collaborative and a group of a dozen Ohio residents pushed the state’s highest court to find that […]

Ohio Redistricting Commission members removed from congressional lawsuit

BY: - December 8, 2021

Members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission have been removed from lawsuits challenging the congressional redistricting map in Ohio by the state’s supreme court, though some still remain named in the complaints in other capacities. Gov. Mike DeWine, Secretary of State Frank LaRose, Auditor Keith Faber, state Sen. Vernon Sykes, House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes, Senate […]

Ohio Supreme Court takes up legislative redistricting this week

BY: - December 7, 2021

Organizations are preparing their arguments against legislative redistricting maps for an Ohio Supreme Court hearing Wednesday. The state’s highest court is reviewing three cases challenging the legislative maps approved by the Ohio Redistricting Commission in September. All of the lawsuits question the constitutionality of the maps, especially provisions of the constitution that directed the commission […]

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Fed up with gerrymandering, Ohioans are mad as hell and not going to take it anymore

BY: - December 7, 2021

It’s time to channel Howard Beale. The iconic TV newsman in the 1976 movie “Network” crystallized the anger and powerlessness sweeping many Ohio voters today after state Republicans made a mockery of the redistricting reforms we overwhelming passed in two statewide referendums. A frustrated, angry, collective yawp is building in the Buckeye State over the […]

Ohio lawmakers hire lawyers who defended ‘largest racial gerrymanders ever encountered’

BY: - December 6, 2021

Defending themselves against accusations of gerrymandering, the Ohio House speaker and Senate president hired a team of lawyers with a history defending North Carolina against what a federal court called one of the “largest racial gerrymanders ever encountered.” A spate of special interest and voter advocacy groups have filed four lawsuits alleging that Ohio officials produced […]

Federal lawsuit accuses discrimination in congressional redistricting

BY: - December 6, 2021

Two Youngstown residents are accusing redistricting leaders of ignoring federal precedent and discriminating against Black voters in their new district maps. The Rev. Kenneth L. Simon and Helen Youngblood, both registered voters from Youngstown, filed a lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court saying the new congressional and legislative district maps need to be rejected and […]