(ONN) – The Supreme Court of Ohio has struck down the state’s newly-drawn Congressional district map, saying Republicans violated the Ohio Constitution by drawing districts that overwhelmingly favored GOP candidates.
The decision comes just days after the high court made a similar ruling concerning the map of the state’s House and Senate districts.
Ohio Supreme Court Justice Maureen O’Connor was again a key vote in the 4-to-3 decision to reject the map, which would have given Republicans a 12-to-3 district advantage in a state that only leans Republican.
Ohio lawmakers will be sent back to the drawing board to craft a new map within 30 days.
If they can’t find a solution, the Ohio Redistricting Commission will have 30 days to do so.
DECISION: The Supreme Court invalidated the Ohio General Assembly bill that reapportioned Ohio’s 15 U.S. House districts, because the resulting congressional-district map violated the partisan gerrymandering prohibitions contained in the Ohio Constitution. https://t.co/ex3mwiqfcn pic.twitter.com/v0U0yhDPKn
— Ohio Supreme Court (@OHSupremeCourt) January 14, 2022