The Ohio Supreme Court previously ruled the third set of Ohio General Assembly district maps passed by the commission violated the Ohio Constitution because they did not reflect the state’s voters and unfairly favored Republicans. The court directed the commission to hire independent consultants and create maps from scratch, which they did. But the Republican majority on the commission bypassed those maps in favor of tweaking the maps the court threw out.
Republicans said the mapmakers did not produce maps in time for the commission to review, amend and pass before the deadline.
Nancy Martorano Miller, a professor of political science at the University of Dayton, said the maps passed Monday are very similar to the last ones they passed.
Meanwhile, Wednesday morning, a federal court is in session in Columbus considering several options related to the primary as part of an ongoing lawsuit from Republican activists asking the court to impose the third set of Ohio General Assembly district maps that the Ohio Supreme court rejected last month.
The court could take several actions, including instating the third or fourth round of Statehouse maps or moving the primary. Or they could take no action.