Ohio Redistricting Commission approves new legislative maps

Published: Feb. 24, 2022 at 7:04 PM EST
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVG) - The Ohio Redistricting Commission approved new state legislature district maps in a 4-3 vote Thursday.

Auditor Keith Faber was the lone Republican to vote against the new plan.

This is the third set of legislature maps approved in Ohio. The state’s Supreme Court ruled the last two plans were unconstitutional.

The GOP drew the maps that they said will likely give their party 54 percent of districts in the House and Senate.

Democrats said they weren’t included in the mapmaking process. They challenged the GOP’s assessment of their map and argued Republicans have far more “safe” seats. 19 House seats give Democrats an estimated 50-52% of the vote share, while zero Republican-leaning seats have such a narrow lean.

Senator Vernon Sykes said he believes the plan puts Democrats in a more inferior position than before. Republicans disagreed.

The Commission will go before the Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday to face possible contempt charges. They failed to meet a court-ordered deadline last Thursday to approve new statehouse maps.

The commission also met this week to hear proposals on a new congressional map. Speaker Cupp says the commission plans to meet next Tuesday to review and possibly vote on a new congressional map.

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