Justices send Ohio Statehouse maps back to drawing board

Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.
Posted at 3:23 PM, Apr 14, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-14 15:24:04-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A divided Ohio Supreme Court has issued an extraordinary fourth rebuke of the state's Republican-controlled mapmaking panel for unconstitutionally gerrymandering Statehouse maps to benefit their party.

In a 4-3 ruling, the court ordered the embattled and defiant Ohio Redistricting Commission to reconvene and draw a constitutionally compliant plan by May 6.

Primaries in Ohio House and Senate races have already been called off for May 3 because of the dispute.

A federal court had signaled its intention to intervene to resolve the monthslong stalemate between the commission and the court if a solution wasn't reached by Wednesday.

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