House Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima) said he’s leaving it up to the federal court to decide on new maps of Ohio state’s legislative districts before lawmakers in the state does decide what happens next with a second primary.
Because the Ohio Redistricting Commission did not pass the maps that were ruled constitutional by the Supreme Court, the state’s legislative races were dropped from the May 3 ballot and a second primary is now imminent. .
There are currently several moving parts in the redistricting process. The Supreme Court deliberates over objections to a Fourth District Plan, and the Federal Court keeps tabs on what the Supreme Court decides.
“Right now, I think it’s kind of in the hands of the federal court, and we’re vigilant and kind of waiting to see what the federal court does,” Cupp said.
Voter rights advocates, community organizations and a National Democratic group have all filed objections to the passed fourth plan. If the Supreme Court strikes down the state’s legislative district plan for the fourth time, it’s likely the federal court will intervene.
Republican voters filed the case in federal court to ask U.S. district judges to make a decision on which maps Ohio should use.
The fourth plan passed, approved by four of the five Republicans on the redistricting commission, is similar to the third plan with some adjustments.
The maps create 54 Republican and 46 Democratic districts and 18 Republicans and 15 Democrats in the Senate. However, the petitioners argue that the maps still unduly favor Republicans due to the disproportionate number of Democratic districts that are tossed races.
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