(2-8-22) The Supreme Court of Ohio yesterday invalidated proposed Ohio House and Senate districts maps in their entirety and ordered the Ohio Redistricting Commission to be reconstituted, convene, and adopt entirely new General Assembly maps.

In a 4-3 decision, the Supreme Court ordered the commission to adopt a new plan that is constitutional, and file it with the Ohio Secretary of State’s office by Feb. 17. The commission has until 9 a.m., Feb. 18 to file a copy of the plan with the Court, which will retain jurisdiction to review the plan.

February 7, 2022

League of Women Voters of Ohio v. Ohio Redistricting Comm.
Slip Opinion No. 2022-Ohio-342
Summary

This is the second time the Court has found that General Assembly maps adopted by the commission do not meet voter-approved provisions of the state constitution to reduce partisan political gerrymandering. These revised maps continue to favor the Republican Party and are not proportionate to statewide voter preferences which parties agreed means 54% of General Assembly districts favor Republican candidates and 46% favor Democratic candidates, the per curiam opinion stated.

For local candidates it puts their campaigning in limbo until after the next maps are submitted and the ruling by the court. Both Mercer and Auglaize counties voters will now await a third possible district.

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