The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled against a GOP-drawn map of House Districts that will force a map with new districts for 2024.
The 4-3 decision may be critical to which party wins the state’s electoral votes in 2024.
The Supreme Court set aside two lower court rulings tossing out congressional maps in Michigan and Ohio, putting the process of redrawing district lines on hold while it prepares to rule on whether partisan gerrymandering is constitutionalhttps://t.co/kJfcLfRLqi
— POLITICO (@politico) May 24, 2019
“The ruling adds to a string of court defeats for Ohio’s ruling Republicans amid the once-per-decade redistricting process that states undertake to reflect population changes from the U.S. Census. Despite those failures in court, however, Ohio’s 2022 congressional primaries went forward on May 3 under an earlier invalidated U.S. House map, and its legislative primaries under an unconstitutional Statehouse map take place Aug. 2,” Politico reported.
“The map created 10 safe Republican seats and five Democratic seats. However, the high court’s majority said the latest map packed Democrats into three congressional districts that would heavily favor a Democratic candidate, while unfairly splitting counties and cities around heavily-Democratic Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Columbus,” it added.
The Ohio Supreme Court has tossed out the state’s new congressional map as an unconstitutional Republican gerrymander. The 4-3 ruling could yield new maps for 2024.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 19, 2022
The ruling could also impact House voting in 2024. Republicans expect to win back power in the House in 2022, but it may not last long.
Both parties will continue to fight for favorably redistricting as Ohio serves as a key battleground state for the next presidential election.