New Ohio Legislative District Maps Unconstitutional
The state's Supreme Court ruled the new maps must be re-drawn
New maps for Ohio House and Senate districts must be re-drawn. The Supreme Court of Ohio ruled on Jan. 12, 2022 that the maps do not meet voter-approved provisions of the Ohio Constitution to reduce partisan political gerrymandering.
In a 4-3 decision, the state supreme court concluded the maps are invalid because the Ohio Redistricting Commission did not attempt to draw legislative districts that correspond with the statewide voter preference of Ohioans.
In the opinion, the court went step-by-step through the redistricting process, noting, “All parties agreed that in statewide partisan elections over the past decade, Republican candidates had won 54 percent of the vote share and Democratic candidates had won 46 percent of the vote share.”
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