Top Ohio court strikes down state’s gerrymandered congressional map
[ Editor’s Note: This good news, but don’t get too excited because it was only possible due to a 2018 State Constitutional amendment to protect against Attila the Hun take no prisoners redistricting by Republicans. It passed by 75%.
The added twist was having the Republican Chief Justice be the swing vote, a breath of fresh air to see the ruling not controlled by a political partisan but a judge following the law as intended.
There was some wiggle room left for light gerrymandering, with a 4 year limit versus the past ten year one. This is a note to us all that fixing big problems can be a multi step process that takes dedicated citizens to remained focused on the situation.
The flip side of this is the example of the Trump Stop the Steal hustle, where, with no evidence but lots of promotion money, Trump floated endless claims of a stolen election. Trumpers just ignore facts they don’t like, such as losing 64 out of the 65 court cases on the election results.
There is an analysis article going around that I will dig back up, that this fake news is not totally a Republican thing, but a subset within the GOP that loves false news, who are referred to as low consciousness conservatives (LCC) … Jim W. Dean ]
First published January 14, 2022
Ohio’s state Supreme Court has struck down the state’s new congressional map as a Republican gerrymander that violates the state constitution.
The ruling is a boon to Democrats, who could’ve held as few as two of the state’s 15 House seats after the next election.
“When the dealer stacks the deck in advance, the house usually wins. That perhaps explains how a party that generally musters no more than 55 percent of the statewide popular vote is positioned to reliably win anywhere from 75 percent to 80 percent of the seats in the Ohio congressional delegation,” state Supreme Court Justice Michael Donnelly wrote in the court’s majority opinion. “By any rational measure, that skewed result just does not add up.”election.
The court — which voted 4-3 to strike down the map, with Republican Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor joining the panel’s three Democrats in the majority — ordered the GOP-controlled state legislature to draw a new map that “is not dictated by partisan considerations.”
…In 2018, Ohio voters approved a state constitutional amendment that put up guardrails for legislators during the congressional redistricting process. The amendment limited legislators’ ability to split municipalities and forbade them from drawing a map “that unduly favors or disfavors a political party or its incumbents.”