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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

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With Ohio’s legislative primary set, lawmakers working on how to pay for it

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A federal court ruling on Friday sets up an August 2 primary for Ohio House and Senate districts, using maps that were ruled unconstitutionally gerrymandered in March. Now lawmakers are deciding how to pay the estimated $20 million cost of that vote. Senate President Matt Huffman (R-Lima) said the… Read More

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

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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

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

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

Early voters at the Athens County Board of Elections on Oct. 6, 2020

Leaders of Ohio’s elections say the second primary should be held on August 2

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A coalition of elections officials from around Ohio are underlining their call for a second primary to happen August 2 — and no later. Early voting is under way for Ohio voters to cast their ballot for statewide, congressional, and local races for the May 3 primary. But state… 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

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 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

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Campaigns weigh their strategy options if Ohio primary is delayed

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s primary election is scheduled for May 3, and it’s just six weeks away. But candidates still don’t know whether the contest will happen at that date. A series of court rulings invalidating Republican-drawn redistricting maps has threatened to delay the primary by a month or more. There’s even a chance… Read More

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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

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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