(4-15-22) For the fourth time, in a 4-3 vote on party lines, the Ohio Supreme Court rejected state House and Senate maps drawn by Republicans. This could mean the primary for those seats could miss the new proposed August 2nd date.

Justice Sharon Kennedy, a Republican running for chief justice

“We are stuck in a time loop, like the characters in the movie ‘Groundhog Day. The movie, of course, was comedic entertainment, but the outcome of these cases is anything but that for the people of this state.”

The next step could see three Federal Judges with setting the new primary date and picking maps if Ohio’s leaders cannot do so before April 20.

The judges might have to pick between various options, including using maps rejected by the Ohio Supreme Court, keeping maps used over the past decade or selecting new maps, such as ones crafted by the two hired mapmakers. 

Supreme Court: MERIT DECISIONS WITH OPINIONS
2021-1193, 2021-1198, and 2021-1210. League of Women Voters of Ohio v.
Ohio Redistricting Comm., Slip Opinion No. 2022-Ohio-1235.

On complaints invoking this court’s original jurisdiction pursuant to Article XI, Section 9 of the Ohio Constitution. Petitioners’ objections to the Ohio Redistricting Commission’s third revised General Assembly–district plan under Article XI, Sections 6(A) and 6(B) of the Ohio Constitution sustained. Third
revised plan declared invalid in its entirety. The Ohio Redistricting Commission shall be reconstituted, shall convene, and shall draft and adopt an entirely new General Assembly–district plan that meets the requirements of the Ohio Constitution, including Article XI, Sections 6(A) and 6(B).

The Ohio Redistricting Commission shall file the district plan with the secretary of state by 9:00 a.m. on May 6, 2022, and shall file a copy of that plan with this court by 12:00 p.m. on the same date. This court retains jurisdiction for the purpose of reviewing the new plan.

Petitioners shall file objections, if any, to the new plan by 9:00 a.m. three days after the new plan is filed with this court. Respondents shall file responses to the objections by 9:00 a.m. three days after the objections are filed. If the deadline for the objections or responses falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, the objections or responses shall be filed by 9:00 a.m. on the next business day. Petitioners shall not file a reply or any motion for leave to file a reply. The clerk of this court shall refuse to accept any filings under this paragraph that are untimely or prohibited.

No requests or stipulations for extension of time for the objections or responses shall be filed, and the clerk shall refuse to file any requests or stipulations for extension of time. For good cause shown, the commission may file a motion for extension of time to file the district plan with the secretary of state.

Petitioners’ requests for additional relief denied.

  • O’Connor, C.J., and Stewart and Brunner, JJ., concur.
  • Donnelly, J., concurs, with an opinion.
  • Kennedy, J., dissents, with an opinion.
  • Fischer, J., dissents, with an opinion and joins paragraphs 151, 152, 157, and 158 of Justice DeWine’s dissenting opinion.
  • DeWine, J., dissents, with an opinion joined by Kennedy, J.