Ohio’s state Supreme Court has struck down the state’s new congressional map as a Republican gerrymander that violates the state constitution.
Under the map enacted last year, Republicans were expected to continue their dominance of the state’s congressional delegation, despite a voter-approved ballot initiative last decade to crack down on partisan gerrymandering. The map would only have been in effect for the 2022 and 2024 elections, because it passed without Democratic support in the state legislature.
“When the dealer stacks the deck in advance, the house usually wins. That perhaps explains how a party that generally musters no more than 55 percent of the statewide popular vote is positioned to reliably win anywhere from 75 percent to 80 percent of the seats in the Ohio congressional delegation,” state Supreme Court Justice Michael Donnelly write in the court’s majority opinion. “By any rational measure, that skewed result just does not add up.”
The court ordered the Republican-controlled state legislature to draw a new map that “is not dictated by partisan considerations.”