(2-28-22) Last week four Republicans approved a third set of state House and Senate maps over the objections of Democrats and GOP Auditor Keith Faber R-Celina.
Since the maps passed without Democratic support, they would last just four years. The Ohio Supreme Court will now consider whether they abide by voter-approved changes to the Ohio Constitution to curb partisan gerrymandering.
Senate President Matt Huffman, R-Lima, said the new maps approved by the Ohio Redistricting Commission would give Republicans a 54-45 advantage in the House and an 18-15 advantage in the Senate. Those numbers are what the Ohio Supreme Court said they would find acceptable.
House Minority Leader Allison Russo, D-Upper Arlington –
“Instead of proportional and fair districts, the majority has again passed maps that fail to comply with the Constitution. It is disappointing that majority Commissioners refuse to work together, are flagrantly ignoring Ohio voters, and continue to defy the Supreme Court of Ohio. Quite simply, this is about a supermajority maintaining power at any cost.”
Now everyone must wait to see what the Ohio Supreme Court will do with the new maps. Time is slipping away as the primary is set for May.
House Map – All of Mercer County, southern Auglaize County and Northern Darke County will be in the 84th District
District Map – All of Mercer, Auglaize, Allen, Champaign and Shelby Counties would be the 12th Senate District, along with parts of Logan and Darke Counties.