Ohio Supreme Court invalidates state’s newly redrawn congressional districts
On January 14, 2022, the Ohio Supreme Court invalidated the state’s newly redrawn congressional districts. In a 4-3 vote, mirroring the earlier decision invalidating the State House and Senate Districts, Justice Michael Donnelly (D-Cleveland), writing for the majority, ruled that the maps violated the Ohio Constitution’s prohibitions on the partisan gerrymandering. Republican Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor joined in the majority opinion and again wrote a separate concurring opinion.
The four year congressional map was enacted through Senate Bill 58 and passed the General Assembly along party lines. Under the Ohio Constitution, the General Assembly now has 30 days to create new district boundaries. If the legislature fails, the Ohio Redistricting Commission has 30 days to craft a new congressional map.