Published Thu, Jan 5, 2012 5:21 am Dateline
Democrats are asking the Ohio Supreme Court to find the new map of state legislative districts unconstitutional.
The lawsuit was filed Wednesday on behalf of affected voters around the state.
Democrats in the Ohio House and Ohio Senate charge that Republican state leaders who controlled the map-making process violated provisions of the Ohio Constitution that prohibit districts splitting up communities.
The litigation says the maps of 99 House and 33 Senate districts split cities, counties, and other community units more than 250 times.
The suit further charges the GOP with violations of state open meeting laws, after records showed they used taxpayer dollars for a hotel room where they held secret discussions about the map.
Messages were left with Republicans seeking comment.