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Senate President Matt Huffman (R-Lima) looks at printouts of maps offered during the second meeting of the Ohio Redistricting Commission, as he questions Chris Glassburn, the map drawer for the Commission's two Democrats.

The Ohio Redistricting Commission meets again, but there’s still no agreement on new legislative maps

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The panel that was ordered to redraw the maps for state lawmakers that the Ohio Supreme Court ruled were unconstitutionally gerrymandered met for a second time yesterday. But the Ohio Redistricting Commission failed to come up with an agreement. There’s another meeting Friday morning, and the deadline to produce… Read More

Spectators make their positions known before a brief meeting outlining the Ohio Redistricting Committee's next steps in redrawing legislative map districts.

The panel that will redraw legislative maps meets with Ohio Supreme Court deadline looming

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — It was back to work for the seven member commission that spent much of last year drawing new district maps for state lawmakers and Ohio’s Congressional delegation. The Ohio Redistricting Commission has just a few days to produce new Ohio House and Senate maps, after the Ohio Supreme Court… Read More

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Ohio Redistricting Commission sets first meeting to redraw legislative maps with deadline looming

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The first meeting of the panel that has been ordered to again draw maps for Ohio House and Senate districts is set for Tuesday morning – with a deadline to produce those maps less than a week away. The announcement of the 10 a.m. meeting of the Ohio Redistricting… Read More

Sen. Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) presents a new Congressional district map, drawn by the Senate Republican Caucus.

Activists considering whether another ballot issue is needed for Ohio redistricting process

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Supreme Court decision throwing out newly drawn maps for the Ohio House and Senate also included some advice for those concerned about how the maps were created. This was the first time the maps had been drawn under a constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2015 to take… Read More

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The Ohio Supreme Court strikes down state legislative maps

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Updated January 12, 2022 at 4:40 p.m. COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that the GOP-drawn state House and Senate maps are unconstitutionally gerrymandered in a 4-3 decision Wednesday, sending the Ohio Redistricting Commission back to the drawing board. The Ohio Redistricting Commission must take another crack at complying with provisions… Read More

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Ohio Supreme Court sets the stage for battle over the new Congressional district map

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The sides have been preparing for the court battle ever since Republican lawmakers approved a map that gives the GOP a large advantage in Ohio’s 15 Congressional districts. National and local relators, which are plaintiffs in supreme court cases, say the Congressional district map goes against the anti-gerrymandering reforms… Read More

Sen. Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) presents a new Congressional district map, drawn by the Senate Republican Caucus.

Voter rights groups file challenge to new Ohio Congressional map

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A coalition of voter rights groups has filed a challenge to the state’s new Congressional district map in the Ohio Supreme Court. The ACLU of Ohio, League of Women Voters, and the A. Philip Randolph Institute filed the lawsuit in the Ohio Supreme Court, along with other individuals named… Read More

Voter rights advocates scrutinize the Congressional district map proposed by Republican lawmakers.

DeWine approves new Ohio Congressional map that gives GOP advantage in most districts

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — In a statement released Saturday, DeWine said “When compared to the other proposals offered from House and Senate caucuses, both Republican and Democrat, the map in S.B. 258 makes the most progress to produce a fair, compact, and competitive map.” DeWine goes on to tout the map’s city and county… 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 House sends Congressional district map to DeWine

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — It’s now up to Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) whether to sign off on a new Congressional district map that gives Republicans an advantage in 12 of Ohio’s 15 districts for four years. In that House vote, every Democrat and four Republicans voted against the plan. Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland)… Read More

Voter rights advocates scrutinize the Congressional district map proposed by Republican lawmakers.

Ohio Senate approves new Congressional district map

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A Republican-drawn Congressional district map is moving forward after the Senate approved the plan by a party-line vote. Senate Republican leaders say their new Congressional map creates six districts that heavily favor Republicans, two that favor Democrats, and seven “competitive” seats. Sen. Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) said that political breakdown… Read More

Sen. Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) presents a new Congressional district map, drawn by the Senate Republican Caucus.

Ohio GOP lawmakers unveil Congressional map proposals

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — State Republican lawmakers are introducing two proposals, one from the House and one from the Senate, for new Congressional district maps. The roll-out comes with confusion over how exactly the maps break down, with voter rights groups arguing a lack of transparency in the process. The maps were presented… 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).

A Lawsuit Has Been Filed Over Maps That Preserve Republican Supermajorities In The Ohio House And Senate

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — As expected, a lawsuit has been filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio on behalf of the League of Women Voters of Ohio against the new four-year Ohio House and Senate district maps, which experts say are gerrymandered to preserve Republican supermajorities in both chambers. The lawsuit… Read More

The Ohio Statehouse

Redistricting Commission Adopts District Maps That Appear To Retain Republican Supermajority

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Redistricting Commission has adopted an official proposal for the new state House and Senate district maps. Now leaders will go to different parts of the state to hear public comment on the maps that were drawn by the Republican caucuses. The majority caucuses in the House and Senate… Read More

Hearings Allow Ohioans To Weigh In On Redistricting Process

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Now that the new Census data is out, new boundaries will be drawn for Ohio’s 99 state House districts and 33 Senate districts. That job falls to the Ohio Redistricting Commission, which will draw these maps under new rules approved by voters that are intended to limit partisan gerrymandering. But first,… Read More

Judges Won’t Delay Order for New Ohio Congressional Map

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The federal judges who found Ohio’s congressional map unconstitutional won’t delay their order for a new map to be drawn by June 14. Ohio’s elections chief and other Republicans requested to put the order on hold while they appeal it. The three-judge panel declined that request Thursday. The judges ordered the… Read More

Attorney General Dave Yost

Ohio Files Motion To Block Court From Throwing Out Congressional Map

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Ohio’s Attorney General filed a motion Monday to block a federal court decision throwing out the state’s congressional map. A three-judge panel last Friday ruled that Ohio’s map is an “unconstitutional partisan gerrymander” and must be redrawn by June 14. Attorney General Dave Yost asked for a stay of the decision while he appeals the ruling to… Read More

Federal Court Throws Out Ohio’s Congressional Map

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A federal court has ruled that Ohio’s congressional map is an “unconstitutional partisan gerrymander” and must be redrawn by the 2020 election. In their ruling Friday, a three-judge panel from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio argue that the map was intentionally drawn “to disadvantage Democratic voters and entrench Republican representatives… Read More

Ohio’s Congressional Map in Hands of Federal Judges

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CINCINNATI (AP) – The future of Ohio’s congressional district map is in the hands of three federal judges. Testimony concluded Wednesday about a lawsuit charging that the GOP-controlled redistricting resulted in an unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering. After considering post-trial legal briefs from attorneys, Judges Timothy Black, Karen Nelson Moore and Michael Watson are expected to rule… Read More

GOP’s Kasich Joins Schwarzenegger In Gerrymander Fight

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio Gov. John Kasich is joining friend and ex-California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in his effort to overhaul partisan political map-making that’s helped fuel their own Republican party’s rise to power. Kasich told The Associated Press Tuesday he’s signed a legal brief that opposes the GOP in the momentous redistricting case being… Read More