groups of voters set to oppose redesigned Ohio Statehouse maps | Ohio News

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Voting Rights and Democratic Groups took their first steps Tuesday afternoon to assert once again that the redrawn maps of Ohio’s legislative districts approved last week remain unconstitutionally gerrymander.

Evidence supporting their objections was filed in the Ohio Supreme Court, where the parties faced a midnight deadline to state their exact legal claims.

The high court launched the commission’s first set of maps on Jan. 12, giving the panel 10 days to weed out undue GOP favoritism. A new set of cards was approved on Saturday – and like the first time, it was OK along party lines. These latest maps likely offer Republicans 57 of 99 seats in the Ohio House and 20 of 33 seats in the Ohio Senate.

Groups that have successfully sued include the ACLU of Ohio, the League of Women Voters of Ohio, Common Cause, CAIR-Ohio and the legal arm of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee.

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The judges retained the right to review the new cards. The timeline for doing so is uncertain, given that this is the first time Ohio has undertaken the new redistricting system approved by voters in 2015.

Time is short, however. The deadline for submitting nominations for the May 3 primary in Ohio is February 2.

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