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Proposed new Congressional Districts submitted

 

9.28.18 - CINCINNATI
 - A proposed Ohio congressional district map to strip the state of its politically gerrymandered voting districts in time for the 2020 election was offered up to a federal court Friday as part of a pending suit challenging the current map.
 
Proposed new Ohio congressional district map submitted to federal court.Proposed new Ohio congressional district map submitted to federal court. 
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U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio)
 
The plaintiffs, including the Ohio League of Women Voters, have argued that Ohio's congressional map violates the constitutional rights of voters by "entrenching partisan advantage" -- the result being 12 predictably Republican districts and four predictably Democratic districts in a state closer to 55-45 politically.
 
The current map, drawn with Republicans in nearly full control of the process in 2011, makes little geographic sense, and leaves many people without a representative who lives in their area. Some districts meander for 100 miles or more across the state.
 
Cuyahoga County, for example, has parts of three congressional districts, but none wholly contained within the county. One district, in fact, stretches south to near Canton. One Lorain County district stretches south to Columbus suburbs before extending west almost to Indiana.
Ohio's current congressional map.
 
The map proposed in the court filing, shown at the top of this story, appears to make more geographic sense throughout the state.
 
For instance, the state's three largest counties -- Cuyahoga, Franklin and Hamilton -- would all have one wholly contained district. The remaining areas would be shared with other counties.
 
A three-judge panel in Cincinnati has scheduled a trial for March 4 for the suit, originally filed in May.
The judges have allowed numerous Republican lawmakers and voters to intervene in the lawsuit.
Named as defendants were elected leaders, including Secretary of State Jon Husted and Gov. John Kasich, two Republicans were outspoken against gerrymandering, although Kasich signed the disputed map into law.
 
Husted, who is now running for lieutenant governor, questioned the timing. "Why did they wait six years to file a lawsuit challenging the maps? These groups should respect the will of Ohio's voters who overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment earlier this month that established a new, bipartisan process for drawing congressional districts starting in 2021," he said in a statement released after the suit was filed.
 
Ohio voters in May approved a change to the Ohio Constitution that will govern how the Ohio map will be drawn in 2022, after the next census. The change includes new limits on how counties could be split and the influence of any one party on the process.
 
However, advocates involved in the suit hope hope a ruling will lead do a new map before then.
 
Cleveland.com reporter Eric Heisig contributed to this report.

 

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Ohio Republican officials lose bid to dismiss gerrymandering suit 
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8.17.18 - CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Three federal judges have rejected a request by Republican elected leaders in Ohio to dismiss a lawsuit that says the judges should toss out the state's congressional district map because it's gerrymandered.

Judges Karen Nelson Moore, Timothy Black and Michael Watson ruled Wednesday that the constitutional violations the group challenging Ohio's map allege are still germane despite a U.S. Supreme Court decision on the issue from earlier this year.

The Supreme Court overturned lower-court decisions in similar gerrymandering lawsuits in Wisconsin and Maryland on technical grounds and did not rule on the merits of the lawsuits themselves. Republican elected officials in Ohio tried to use that ruling as a basis to have the lawsuit filed in May against them dismissed.

The judges disagreed that the Supreme Court case and others preclude them from hearing Ohio's gerrymandering lawsuit. They also noted that while it's still early in the litigation and that they cannot decide whether the challenges have merit, the plaintiffs have shown enough for the case to proceed.

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6.26.18 - The ACLU of Ohio, Ohio A. Philip Randolph Institute, League of Women Voters Ohio along with sixteen Ohio voters - one in each of the congressional districts - filed an amended complaint in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati to strike down Ohio's current congressional map to ensure more balanced districts are established in time for 2020 elections. In addition, new plaintiffs were added to the lawsuit, including the Northeast Ohio Young Black Democrats, the Ohio State University College Democrats, and the Hamilton County Young Democrats.