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Ohio Supreme Court Strikes Down New Congressional Map as Republican Gerrymander

The Ohio Supreme Court on Friday struck down the state’s new congressional map for illegally favoring Republicans over Democrats and ordered lawmakers to redraw the strains.

The determination may have a major impression on the battle for management of Congress on this 12 months’s midterm elections.

Electoral analysts had mentioned the Republican-backed map would make sure the celebration received a minimum of 12, and maybe 13, of the state’s 15 congressional seats, partly by splitting Cincinnati’s county into a number of districts to dilute Democrat voting energy there.

In a 4-3 determination, the state’s excessive courtroom discovered that the map violated new provisions within the Ohio Constitution that have been accepted by voters in 2018, together with language that prohibits any map that “favors or disfavors a political celebration or its incumbents.”

“When the vendor stacks the deck prematurely, the home often wins,” Justice Michael Donnelly wrote for almost all. “That maybe explains how a celebration that typically musters not more than 55 % of the statewide well-liked vote is positioned to reliably win wherever from 75 % to 80 % of the seats within the Ohio congressional delegation.”

The courtroom’s three Democrats have been joined within the majority by Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, a Republican. Three Republican justices dissented from the choice, arguing that the courtroom was encroaching on the authority of the legislature. 

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