Ohio Supreme Court tosses out Ohio's congressional map

Republican state Sen. Rob McColley presents a new congressional district map, drawn by the Senate Republican Caucus.
Republican state Sen. Rob McColley presents a new congressional district map, drawn by the Senate Republican Caucus. [Andy Chow / Statehouse News Bureau]

Updated: 12:56 p.m., Friday, Jan. 14, 2022

The Ohio Supreme Court has struck down the state's proposed new Congressional map.

In the Friday ruling, the court "invalidated the Ohio General Assembly bill that reapportioned Ohio’s 15 U.S. House districts because the resulting congressional-district map violated the partisan gerrymandering prohibitions contained in the Ohio Constitution."

Ohio League of Women Voters President Jen Miller says it’s a victory for voters.

"I commend the high court for being very clear on what their expectations are and how they are going to measure whether the map created is fair or not. That’s real teeth that we need," Miller said.

The court gave the General Assembly 30 days to fix the map with specific instructions to address a split in Hamilton and Cuyahoga counties. 

An emailed statement from Ohio Democratic Party Chair Elizabeth Walters reads, Once again, the Ohio Supreme Court did what the legislature refused to do – listened to the will of Ohio voters. Any map that further rigs our state in favor of one party over another is unacceptable and we’ll be watching closely to make sure any new maps reflect the fair representation that Ohioans overwhelmingly called for.”

Earlier this week, the court struck down the proposed state legislative maps.

Additional reporting from Statehouse News Bureau Reporter Jo Ingles.

Read the court opinion here (PDF).

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