Ohio Supreme Court Rejects Fourth Round of Legislative Maps
New maps are now due May 6
A divided Ohio Supreme Court issued an extraordinary fourth rebuke Thursday of the state's Republican-controlled redistricting panel, declaring mapmakers' latest maps for Statehouse districts yet another partisan gerrymander.
By a vote of the same bipartisan 4-3 majority that ruled against the previous three maps, the court ordered the embattled and defiant Ohio Redistricting Commission back to the drawing board again. It set a May 6 deadline for completing the next plan.
That date falls after a Wednesday deadline set by a federal court for ironing out differences between the court and the commission. It wasn't immediately clear how the ruling would impact the U.S. District Court's path forward. Voting in the May 3 primary has already begun without legislative races listed.
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