(9-28-21) A second lawsuit challenging Ohio’s new Republican-drawn legislative maps was filed with the Ohio Supreme Court on Friday
The suit was filed by an affiliate of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee led by former Obama-era Attorney General Eric Holder. It makes similar arguments to the first lawsuit, from the ACLU of Ohio, that the maps are unconstitutional.
Washington, DC — Eric H. Holder, Jr., the 82nd Attorney General of the United States and chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, issued the following statement on the Ohio state legislative maps adopted by its Republican-dominated commission just after midnight on September 16th, 2021.
“Ohio has been one of the most gerrymandered states in the country for the past decade. Yet the state legislative maps adopted by Republicans in the dark of night are somehow worse still. They utterly fail to meet either the letter or the spirit of the 2015 reform law. The proposed maps fail to reflect the makeup of the state as a whole and dilute the political power of communities of color.
“I agree with Governor Mike DeWine, there are serious constitutional concerns with these hyper-partisan, unfair maps.”
“The Ohio state legislative maps adopted by Republicans crack communities of interest, dilute the political power of communities of color, and are not representative of the people of the state as a whole. Despite Republicans winning just over 50% of the statewide share of votes during the past decade, they now attempt to draw maps giving themselves two-thirds of the seats in the House and Senate.”