The Ohio Supreme Court struck down the state’s U.S. congressional district map for partisan bias.
The ACLU announced the victory in a statement provided to PoliticusUSA:
The Ohio Supreme Court issued a 4-3 decision today in the American Civil Liberties Union’s lawsuit challenging the map of Ohio’s U.S. congressional district, ordering the Ohio General Assembly controlled by the Republicans to draw a new map conforming to the Ohio Constitution.
Now, Ohio lawmakers will be sent back to the drawing board to create a new map within 30 days. If they can’t find a solution, the Ohio Redistribution Commission will have 30 days to do so.
Oral arguments in this case were held on December 28, 2021. The TSTIME for filing candidates for congressional seats is March 4, 2022, and the primary election is set for May 3, 2022.
Republicans have one month to draw a legitimate map that complies with the Fair Maps Constitutional Amendment that was passed by Ohio voters. The Republicans were sued months ago over their gerrymandered map because the map was a clear violation of the state constitution.
The ruling is a major victory for democracy, but Ohio is just one of many states where suffrage advocates are trying to stall extreme Republican gerrymandering efforts.
As the left fights to protect the right to vote, the other political battle being waged is to stop the extreme gerrymandering of elections.
Mr. Easley is the editor. He is also a White House press pool and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in political science. His graduate studies focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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