UPDATED – 3-31-22

Email from Deb Sneddon, Mercer County Board of Elections 

The board met and proofed the ballot. They also acknowledged the certification of district candidates as null and void. It was a special meeting with only those purposes listed, so that was the only items they were permitted to discuss.

The Supreme Court has still not acted on the 4th submission of redistricting maps that were submitted.

However the Supreme Court is now considering contempt of court charges against the redistricting committee-

CASE ANNOUNCEMENTS
March 30, 2022
[Cite as 03/30/2022 Case Announcements #2, 2022-Ohio-1039.]


MOTION AND PROCEDURAL RULINGS


2021-1193. League of Women Voters of Ohio v. Ohio Redistricting Comm.
On complaint invoking this court’s original jurisdiction pursuant to Article XI, Section 9 of the Ohio Constitution. On petitioners’ motion for an order directing respondents to show cause for why they should not be held in contempt of the court’s March 16, 2022 order. Sua sponte, responses, if any, shall be filed no later than 9:00a.m. on Monday, April 4, 2022. The clerk of the court shall refuse to file a response that is untimely. No requests or stipulations for extension of time to respond to the
motions shall be filed, and the clerk of the court shall refuse to file any requests or stipulations for extension of time.


2021-1198. Bennett v. Ohio Redistricting Comm.
On complaint invoking this court’s original jurisdiction pursuant to Article XI, Section 9 of the Ohio Constitution. On petitioners’ renewed motion for an order directing respondents to show cause and motion to schedule contempt hearing. Suasponte, responses, if any, shall be filed no later than 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 4, 2022. The clerk of the court shall refuse to file a response that is untimely. No
requests or stipulations for extension of time to respond to the motions shall be filed, and the clerk of the court shall refuse to file any requests or stipulations for extension of time.

2021-1210. Ohio Organizing Collaborative v. Ohio Redistricting Comm.
On complaint invoking this court’s original jurisdiction pursuant to Article XI, Section 9 of the Ohio Constitution. On petitioners’ joinder in renewed motion for an order directing respondents to show cause and motion to schedule contempt hearing filed by petitioners in 2021-1198, Bennett v. Ohio Redistricting Comm. Suasponte, responses, if any, shall be filed no later than 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 4, 2022. The clerk of the court shall refuse to file a response that is untimely. No requests or stipulations for extension of time to respond to the motions shall be filed, and the clerk of the court shall refuse to file any requests or stipulations for extension of time.

In Wednesday’s filings, the above plaintiffs argued that the fourth map was also drafted by Republicans alone, who unveiled it and voted on it on Tuesday, just before a court-ordered deadline expired.

The move infuriated Democrats, as Republicans abandoned efforts by outside mapmakers brought in and paid nearly $100,000 to draw a compromise map

(3-28-22) Still waiting for the redistricting maps to be approved by the Supreme Court, the Mercer County Board of Elections is holding a special meeting at 11:00am on Wednesday March 30th in the Courthouse in Room 101/ Auditorium/Room 107.

  • To proof the revised ballot layout for the May 3, 2022 Primary election.
  • To acknowledge the certification for State House Districts is null and void as stated in Directive 2022-31.

The 4th attempt to have new maps approved is in the final stages of being forwarded to the court for review today.

Most likely State Senate and House Representative primaries will be delayed. Democrats during the 1st three rejections of maps say that the Republicans have an unfair advantage. The Supreme Court continues to support that as well.