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Ohio House and Ohio Senate district maps adopted by the Ohio Redistricting Commission by a vote of 4-3 on February 24, 2022

Federal court intervenes in Ohio redistricting, orders state to implement unconstitutional district

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio has been ordered by a federal court to implement maps that were found unconstitutional by the Ohio Supreme Court and hold a primary for those candidates on August 2. A three-judge panel from the U.S. District Court’s Southern District of Ohio issued an order Friday for the state… Read More

The Ohio Redistricting Commission meets. The picture is taken from a high angle looking down on them

A timeline of Ohio’s redistricting saga

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — An Ohio redistricting process that began in August 2021 to draw new state legislative district maps has seen many twists and turns that eventually entangled all three branches of government. The process to draw Ohio’s 99 House seats and 33 Senate seats, was overhauled by a constitutional amendment approved… Read More

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From constitutional reform to crisis, Ohio redistricting saga nears federal intervention

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A saga that began nine months ago to implement Ohio’s new redistricting process is now heading towards a federal court decision that could dash the hopes of advocates fighting against partisan gerrymandering. On August 6, 2021, the seven members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission convened and took the oath… Read More

Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor presides over a session of the Ohio Supreme Court on December 8, 2021.

Ohio Supreme Court deliberating over resubmitted, rejected maps


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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Supreme Court is deliberating over maps that have already been reviewed and rejected by justices two months ago. On Thursday, the Ohio Redistricting Commission voted to re-adopt maps they passed at the end of February. With that decision, the commission failed a court order to adopt new… Read More

The new Ohio Redistricting Commission sits in a row in a committee meeting

Failing to adopt new maps, Ohio Redistricting Commission resubmits unconstitutional plan

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Redistricting Commission failed to meet a court-ordered deadline to adopt new state legislative district maps Thursday evening and instead opted to resubmit a set of maps already invalidated by the Ohio Supreme Court. Democratic members of the commission made a motion to accept a new draft of… Read More

Advocates chant “fair maps now” in a House committee room after the Ohio Redistricting Commission adjourns without making plans for new state legislative district maps.

Ohio Redistricting Commission reconvenes with looming court-ordered deadline

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Republican and Democratic members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission disagreed over how to go about drawing a new set of House and Senate district maps. The commission has until May 6 to adopt new maps, a deadline ordered by the Ohio Supreme Court in their latest ruling. Sen. Vernon… Read More

Auditor Keith Faber smiles behind a microphone at a presser

Faber joins Democrats calling for Ohio Redistricting Commission to reconvene

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Auditor Keith Faber, a Republican, is joining the Democratic members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission in calling for the commission to reconvene as soon as possible. Faber says the commission must meet – either in-person or virtually – in order to meet the May 6 deadline set by the… Read More

House Minority Leader Allison Russo and Sen. Vernon Sykes stand outside of the locked committee room they hoped to discuss new maps in

Democrats fail to hold Ohio redistricting meeting without Republican support

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Democratic members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission attempted to hold a meeting in the Ohio Statehouse but failed to gain the required support of at least one Republican commissioner. House Minority Leader Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) and Sen. Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) have been calling for the commission to reconvene… Read More

Protesters gather at State and High Streets in Columbus to show their opposition to Ohio's new voting maps plan.

Groups fighting GOP-drawn legislative maps say federal court ruling rewards gerrymandering

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A voting rights advocacy group and a national Democratic organization is criticizing the federal court ruling that would allow Republicans to implement unconstitutional state legislative district maps. A panel of federal judges, by a 2-1 decision, ruled that state officials involved in the redistricting process have until May 28… Read More

Outside the courtroom of U.S. District Judge Algenon L. Marbley in Columbus.

Federal court will pick invalidated legislative maps if Ohio officials cannot meet new deadline

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A panel of three federal judges has told the Ohio Redistricting Commission that they will implement new Ohio House and Ohio Senate district maps if state officials cannot reach a new agreement by May 28. Two of the three judges decided that the map they would choose would be… Read More

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Federal judges to decide next steps in Ohio US House races

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judicial panel says it will decide by Tuesday whether to temporarily block the results of U.S. House races in Ohio that have gone forward under an unresolved congressional map. A three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio announced the timeline Monday. Side parties… Read More

The Ohio Redistricting Commission in a meeting.

GOP leaders say they should not be held in contempt over 4th set of Ohio legislative maps

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s two most powerful legislators are telling the Ohio Supreme Court that they should not be held in contempt for leading the charge to push through a fourth set of GOP-drawn legislative maps to meet a court-imposed deadline. In a filing Monday, Senate President Matt Huffman and House Speaker and Ohio… Read More

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Uncertainty about primary dates over lack of constitutional maps is hurting poll worker recruitment

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio is headed toward two primaries this year – the statewide and congressional offices on May 3, and the House and Senate candidates later. The uncertainty is making it hard for local boards of elections to recruit the poll workers they need to run those primaries. Local boards are… Read More

The seven-member Ohio Redistricting Commission is made up of five Republicans - co-chair Speaker Bob Cupp, Gov. Mike DeWine, Auditor Keith Faber, Secretary of State Frank LaRose and Senate President Matt Huffman. There are two Democrats on the commission: co-chair Sen. Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) and House Minority Leader Emiilia Sykes (D-Akron).

Ohio Republicans abandon independent mapmakers to pass slightly modified GOP maps

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ohio Capital Journal) — In a 4-3 decision, Republican members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission voted Monday night to pass slightly changed versions of Statehouse district maps previously rejected by the Ohio Supreme Court as unconstitutional. In doing so, they abandoned independent mapmakers they had hired. Commissioners said they did this to fulfill… Read More

The Ohio Redistricting Commission in a meeting at the statehouse

Time is ticking for the Ohio Redistricting Commission as it decides whether to pass new legislative

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Today is the deadline for the Ohio Redistricting Commission to pass a fourth set of legislative maps to satisfy the Ohio Supreme Court. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said he thinks the maps should be passed by midnight tonight. “The court order says we are supposed to approve a map…. Read More

The Ohio Redistricting Commission in a meeting.

Ohio Redistricting Commission is assembling the new team of mapmakers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Redistricting Commission will include two mediators from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to help settle disputes as Republican and Democratic mapmakers try to create new district maps for the state House and Senate. The commission voted unanimously to approve the two mediators, Catherine… Read More

The Ohio Redistricting Commission in a meeting at the statehouse

Ohio Redistricting Commission goes back to the drawing board after a third court rejection

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Redistricting Commission has approved the first stages of a plan to have Republican and Democratic mapmakers work together to draft the commission’s fourth attempt at state legislative district maps. The plan calls for the mapmakers already working for the Republican and Democratic caucuses to create new House and… Read More

The Ohio Redistricting Commission in a meeting at the statehouse

Ohio Redistricting Commission prepares to meet in response to supreme court rejection

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Redistricting Commission is planning to convene for a rare weekend meeting to take the first steps in response to the supreme court’s latest ruling. The third attempt at drawing House and Senate maps was invalidated by a 4-3 opinion from the court. Justices said the commission must… Read More

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LaRose says the May 3 ballot won’t include House, Senate races after Ohio Supreme Court ruling

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The secretary of state says, barring action from federal court, candidates for state legislative offices cannot be on the May primary ballot after the decision invalidating those district maps. The letter from LaRose to Ohio’s elected officials marked further fallout from Wednesday’s late night decision by the Ohio Supreme… Read More

Ohio House and Ohio Senate district maps, drawn by Republicans, approved by the Ohio Redistricting Commission by a vote of 4-3 on February 24, 2022.

Ohio Supreme Court rules the latest GOP-drawn state legislative district maps unconstitutional

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that the latest four-year maps adopted by the Ohio Redistricting Commission do not comply with the state constitution’s anti-gerrymandering requirements, along with the guidance offered by the court in previous orders. The now-invalidated House map creates 54 Republican-favored seats and 45 Democratic-favored seats…. Read More

Four members of the Equal Districts Ohio group participate in a press conference at the state house

Ohio coalition emphasizes their fight for ‘fair districts’ as supreme court deliberates

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Equal Districts Ohio, a coalition of community groups, said the supreme court should invalidate the state House and state Senate maps adopted by the Ohio Redistricting Commission because they do not reflect the state’s partisan makeup. The group reiterated their court challenge during an event at the Ohio Statehouse… Read More

Voters cast their ballot early at the Franklin County Board of Elections last November.

Ohio’s new congressional district map faces another court challenge

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A national Democratic group has filed objections over new the new congressional district map, as the state’s top elections official says the May 3 primary could have to be changed. The National Redistricting Action Fund accuses Republicans on the Ohio Redistricting Commission of refusing to follow the directions of… Read More

Ohio's redistricting committee

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…. Read More

The seven-member Ohio Redistricting Commission is made up of five Republicans - co-chair Speaker Bob Cupp, Gov. Mike DeWine, Auditor Keith Faber, Secretary of State Frank LaRose and Senate President Matt Huffman. There are two Democrats on the commission: co-chair Sen. Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) and House Minority Leader Emiilia Sykes (D-Akron).

Republican mapmakers reveal their latest attempt at congressional district lines

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Republican-drawn district map is the first attempt by the Ohio Redistricting Commission at passing a congressional district plan after the supreme court struck down the map approved by the legislature. The map creates 10 Republican districts, three Democratic districts, and two districts that are competitive but lean in… Read More

Sharyn Rigsbee demonstrates special voting machine.

Even though new maps aren’t approved, counties ordered to add legislative offices to primary ballots

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — While the House and Senate maps approved by the Ohio Redistricting Commission last week are still awaiting a review by the state supreme court, Ohio’s elections officials are being told to prepare for more candidates for the May 3 primary. Secretary of State Frank LaRose said last week without legislative… Read More