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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

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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

Commissioners hand out different maps to be submitted during a Ohio Redistricting Commission meeting on March 2, 2022.

Senate president removes himself from Ohio Redistricting Commission as new maps deadline looms

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — There will be a new member of the Ohio Redistricting Commission for Wednesday’s meeting, two days before a fifth attempt at legal House and Senate maps is due to the Ohio Supreme Court. Sen. Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) was appointed by Senate President Matt Huffman (R-Lima) to replace him on… Read More

The Ohio Redistricting Commission in a meeting at the statehouse

Redistricting commission will meet just days before deadline

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COLUMUBS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Redistricting Commission is planning to hold its next meeting just two days before a deadline to turn in new state legislative district maps. The commission, which has a history of missing court-ordered and constitutional deadlines, is required to adopt new House and Senate district maps by May 6. Commission co-chairs, House Speaker… Read More

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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

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

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

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.

GOP redistricting commissioners file their rebuttal to challenge over Ohio congressional map

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission are laying out their arguments for why they supported or opposed the latest congressional district map. Republican redistricting commissioners say the congressional map they adopted on March 2 complies with the Ohio Supreme Court’s orders and creates a map that can be implemented… Read More

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Ohio Redistricting Commission members tell state Supreme Court why they shouldn’t be held in contempt

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Supreme Court ordered the Commission to explain why they should not be held in contempt of court for not approving new House and Senate maps last Thursday. Speaker Bob Cupp and Senate President Matt Huffman responded about 20 minutes before the 12 noon deadline. .@SpeakerCupp and Senate… Read More