Ohio’s redistricting commission adopts state congressional district map over objections by Democrats

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — After seeing a flurry of proposed maps and changes to those maps, the Ohio Redistricting Commission adopted a Republican-drawn congressional district plan.

The commission approved a congressional district map that creates 10 Republican districts, three Democratic districts, and two competitive districts that lean slightly in favor of Democratic candidates. The new map had to include one less district than the current map.


Different maps submitted during an Ohio Redistricting Commission meeting on March 2, 2022.
[Andy Chow | Statehouse News Bureau]
The commissioners debated the merits of the congressional district map. Democratic members said the plan is drawn to favor Republicans and would be found unconstitutional by the Ohio Supreme Court.The court has already invalidated a congressional map passed by the Ohio Legislature in November. In that map, 80% of the congressional districts favored Republicans. The court’s ruling stated that map did not reflect Ohio’s voter preference by party, which is about 54% Republican and 46% Democratic.House Minority Leader Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) proposed making changes to the Republican-drawn plan. Those changes would shift the party breakdown by creating eight Republican districts, six Democratic districts, and one competitive district that leans Democratic.Republicans commissioners rejected those changes and another map proposed by the Democratic members by a vote of 2 to 5.The filing deadline for congressional candidates is Friday.


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