Redistricting Commission Passes Tweaked Maps Previously Declared Unconstitutional

A fourth attempt to redraw state legislative districts in Ohio by a Republican-dominated commission has been submitted to the Ohio Supreme Court just as a deadline to get it done was approaching.

Even though they had brought in independent mapmakers to create fair maps, the Ohio Redistricting Commission passed House and Senate maps Monday night that were tweaked from maps previously declared unconstitutional by the supreme court.

The commission voted 4-3 in favor of the maps.

The commission was working with two independent mapmakers to try and create fair voting districts.

The Republican members of the commission say the tweaked maps were drafted after it was determined that the independent mapmakers would not have enough time to finish their maps by the Ohio Supreme Court’s midnight deadline.

The maps are similar to the February 24 maps that were struck down by the court as being unconstitutional, but slight changes were made.

The Ohio Supreme Court rejected three previous attempts and there didn’t seem to be a lot of confidence that this version will make it through.