The Ohio Supreme Court says a set of Republican-drawn Ohio House and Senate district maps that the court previously ruled unconstitutional remain invalid.
Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor accused the GOP-led panel of ‘a stunning rebuke of the rule of law’ for resubmitting maps already invalidated as unconstitutional.
The 4-3 ruling marks the fifth time justices have found the commission’s legislative maps violate a 2015 constitutional amendment designed to prevent gerrymandering.
O’Connor also said a separate, federal three-judge panel has placed her court in a remarkable position by announcing it will force use of the invalid maps unless the state dispute is resolved by Friday.
REDISTRICTING: The Ohio House and Senate district maps previously ruled unconstitutional remain invalid, the Supreme Court ruled today. In a 4-3 decision, the Court rejected the Ohio Redistricting Commission’s readoption of a plan termed “Map 3.”
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