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Ohio Supreme Court rules proposed Congressional redistricting map invalid

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled the proposed Congressional redistrict map invalid. The Congressional map did not reflect the will of voters who wanted to end partisan gerrymandering by unduly favored Republicans, according to the ruling. Ohio League of Women Voters President Jen Miller said it’s a victory for… 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

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

Debbie Dalke came to the Ohio Statehouse from Wood County to rally for "fair congressional districts."

Legislature Misses The Deadline For New Congressional Map

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Redistricting Commission is going back to work, this time drawing a new Congressional district map after state lawmakers failed to agree on one before the constitutional deadline. The state legislature was required to create a new Congressional district map by the end of September. Now that they’ve… 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

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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

A sign outside of the Nelsonville voter precinct lets people know where they can vote.

Ohio Redistricting Commission Sets Two Meetings In One Day, Republicans Will Propose Maps

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Majority caucus leaders in the Ohio House and Ohio Senate have been working behind the scenes on a new state legislative district map for the 99 seats in the Ohio House and 33 seats in the Ohio Senate. Senate President Matt Huffman (R-Lima) said he’s looked over the maps with… 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

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Ohio Loses One Of 16 Congressional Seats In New Census Count

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio will lose a seat in the US House of Representatives starting with next year’s election, bringing its total to 15 – its smallest Congressional delegation since 1833. And it’s unclear who among the 12 Republicans and four Democrats stands to lose their district when the lines are redrawn for… Read More

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Federal Judge Dismisses Ohio’s Lawsuit To Force Release Of Census Data

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A federal judge has dismissed Republican Attorney General Dave Yost’s lawsuit against the Biden administration to force the results of last year’s Census to be released by the end of this month. Ohio hoped to start drawing new legislative and Congressional maps soon, for the first time under a process… Read More

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Ohio Attorney General Sues Census Bureau Over Delay Of Redistricting Data

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — The Ohio Attorney General’s Office is suing officials at the U.S. Commerce Department and Census Bureau for delaying the release of 2020 census data used to redraw state legislative and congressional districts. Earlier this month, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that the timeline for providing redistricting data to states would be pushed back from… Read More