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Republicans on Ohio Redistricting Commission ignore supreme court order for new maps by Monday

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Republicans on the panel charged with drawing new House and Senate district maps said they will ignore an order from the Ohio Supreme Court to produce a sixth attempt at new maps by Monday. The decision comes as the state gets ready for an August primary for legislative districts after… 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

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

The Ohio Redistricting Commission in a meeting at the statehouse

Ohio Supreme Court rejects fourth set of state legislative district maps

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Supreme Court is ordering the Ohio Redistricting Commission to meet and adopt a new set of state legislative district maps after ruling the fourth attempt to be unconstitutional. The district maps for the Ohio House and Ohio Senate were passed on March 28 after Republican commissioners made tweaks… Read More

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

Youngstown voters plan to refile Voting Rights Act complaint in federal court

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COLUMUBS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The motion to stop the certification of Ohio’s congressional primary results is expected to be refiled in another federal court. The motion would argue that the state’s congressional district map violates the Voting Rights Act because the mapmakers did not take into account racial demographics. After being rejected by… Read More

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Federal panel in Ohio punts dispute over congressional map

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judicial panel has declined to grant an order temporarily blocking certification of 2022 U.S. House races that have gone forward in Ohio under a disputed congressional map. In a largely technical ruling Tuesday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio advised a… 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

State Rep. Bob Cupp (R-Lima) was elected the Speaker of the Ohio House following the removal of Larry Householder.

Federal judges considering Ohio redistricting lawsuit, but lawmakers have no plans to move primary

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Early voting starts next week for the May 3 primary, but right now it’s unknown when voters will decide Ohio House and Senate races. They’re not on that ballot because there are no constitutional district maps. And state lawmakers are waiting on a panel of federal judges to make… 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

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

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

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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

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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

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Ohio Supreme Court orders elected officials on redistricting commission to hearing on contempt

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COLUMUBS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The five Republicans and two Democrats on the Ohio Redistricting Commission have been ordered to appear before the Ohio Supreme Court for a hearing March 1. The Ohio Redistricting Commission is ordered to appear before the Ohio Supreme Court for a hearing March 1 over their filings showing why… 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).

Republicans on the Ohio Redistricting Commission revive talks on new state legislative maps

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Just days after allowing a court-ordered deadline to expire and facing possible contempt of court, Republican members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission are expressing a change of heart on adopting new state House and Senate district maps. The commission met on Tuesday to begin work on drawing new congressional… Read More

State Rep. Bob Cupp (R-Lima) was elected the Speaker of the Ohio House following the removal of Larry Householder.

Commissioners are left waiting for Ohio House Speaker to call next redistricting meeting

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — It’s up to House Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima) to call for a new Ohio Redistricting Commission meeting but at this point no one knows when or even if that meeting will happen. The commission has until the end of Thursday to adopt a new state House and Senate district… Read More

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Democrats urge GOP redistricting officials to meet and approve constitutional maps

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Redistricting Commission has less than a week to meet a court-ordered deadline to draw new state House and Senate district maps. House Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima), co-chair of the commission, has yet to call for a meeting to adopt new legislative district maps after the second attempt… 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.

Ohio’ Senate president suggests the state should split primary election into two different dates

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Early voting is set to begin in five weeks for overseas and military Ohio voters. But district maps for the Ohio House, Ohio Senate, and Congress — drawn by Republican members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission — have been ruled unconstitutional by the Ohio Supreme Court. With district maps… Read More