Since the Ohio Redistricting Commission did not submit constitutional state House and state Senate maps by the February 17th deadline mandated by the Ohio Supreme Court, Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor (R) the following day – Friday, February 18th – issued an Order that each of the members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission show up in person in front of the court on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, to explain why each of the members should not be held in contempt of court for missing the court’s deadline.
‘Under state law, Ohio must redraw its state school board boundaries every decade after state legislative redistricting is completed since each school board district comprises of three state Senate districts. If the General Assembly doesn’t reapportion the districts – this year it did not – the law says the governor must choose new boundaries by January 31. DeWine released a letter January 31 that described the districts in writing, which fulfills the requirements in the law, but did not include a map.’ This is the other political gerrymandering that no one seems to be watching.
With being charged to draw new state House and Senate maps, the Ohio Redistricting Commission adjourned its meeting Thursday evening without meeting a deadline to submit a third set of maps by the Ohio Supreme Court.
The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected the GOP-majority Ohio Redistricting Commission state Senate and House maps…for the second time! And once again, the ruling was 4-3 with Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor (R) siding with the three Democratic justices. The majority wrote: “We made clear that we were invalidating the original plan, in its entirety, under Section 9(B). Yet the commission did not adopt an entirely new plan.”