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Tue Nov 28, 2023, 03:05 PM Nov 2023

NEW: Ohio Supreme Court's 4-3 Republican majority leaves in place the gerrymandered legislative districts for 2024 [View all]

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NEW: The Ohio Supreme Court’s 4-3 Republican majority dismissed lawsuits challenging the state’s House and Senate maps, leaving in place gerrymandered districts for 2024.

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Ohio Supreme Court Allows Gerrymandered Legislative Maps To Remain for 2024


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yesterday, the Ohio Supreme Court’s 4-3 Republican majority dismissed a trio of lawsuits challenging the state’s legislative maps, leaving in place gerrymandered districts for 2024.

Originally filed in September 2021 by pro-voting organizations, the lawsuits alleged that Ohio’s legislative maps drawn after the 2020 census were extreme partisan gerrymanders that favored Republicans in violation of the state constitution.

Between January and May 2022, the Ohio Supreme Court struck down five separate iterations of the legislative maps, each time ruling that the maps were unconstitutional partisan gerrymanders. Despite the state Supreme Court siding with the pro-voting groups on five separate occasions and requiring redraws of the maps, the Ohio Redistricting Commission (ORC) failed to submit constitutionally compliant maps to the court. As a result, Ohioans voted under unconstitutional legislative maps during the 2022 midterm elections.

In late September 2023 — 16 months after the court-imposed June 2022 deadline for passing a new set of maps — the ORC unanimously adopted a new set of legislative maps, which experts and advocates alike deemed “illegally gerrymandered” in favor of Republicans. The maps were enacted with bipartisan support, with two Democratic members of the ORC joining the Republican commissioners.

In response to the new maps, Equal Districts — a coalition of Ohio groups advocating for fair maps — wrote in a statement: “Despite five rulings from the Ohio Supreme Court calling for fair maps that reflect the 54% Republican – 46% Democratic partisanship of our state, the Commission unanimously adopted maps that relegate Democrats to just 35 (35%) safe seats in the House and 9 (27%) safe seats in the Senate.”



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