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Revised Redistricting Plan Still Violates the Ohio Constitution

In the case of League of Women Voters of Ohio v. Ohio Redistricting Comm., 2022-Ohio-342 (“League II”), the Ohio Supreme Court invalidated the General Assembly’s approved redistricting plan for not meeting the standards set forth in Article XI, Sections 6(A) and 6(B), of the Ohio Constitution, which requires a plan that is proportional and does not favor a political party. The General Assembly adopted the revised voting redistricting plan on January 22, 2022, after the Ohio Supreme Court ordered the same.

Here, the petitioners argued that the revised plan still did not meet the standards set forth in the Ohio Constitution. The Court agreed and reasoned that the revised plan was not proportional and did not correspond to the statewide preferences of the voters of Ohio as required by the Ohio Constitution because the plan disproportionately favored the Republican Party. Rather than adopting an entirely new plan, the Court found that the approved revised plan merely made minor adjustments to the original plan that the Court previously invalidated.

To read this case, click here.

To read our blog of the League I decision entitled, “Redistricting Plan Violates the Ohio Constitution,” please click here.

Authors: Matthew John Markling and the McGown & Markling Team.

Note: This blog entry does not constitute – nor does it contain – legal advice. Legal jurisprudence is like the always-changing Midwestern weather. As a result, this single blog entry cannot substitute for consultation with a McGown & Markling attorney. If legal advice is needed with respect to a specific factual situation, please feel free to contact a McGown & Markling attorney.

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