“I really appreciate that you all have made what I consider a good-faith proposal here, one that leaves some room to do some work together,” he said.
But all was not entirely rosy at the event, with the crowd audibly groaning when LaRose suggested that Republicans and Democrats had been “working collegially” on the maps thus far.
Sen. Sykes gaveled the group down. “Please, please, please,” he said. “We have to respect each other.”
A group that monitors redistricting and works to reduce the drawing of political district lines that maximize partisan advantage, a process called gerrymandering, flunked that Ohio GOP's proposed Ohio House map in an analysis released earlier Monday.
The Princeton Gerrymandering Project, working with the anti-corruption group RepresentUS, said its boundaries fell short of being fair when compared to a million simulated alternatives, delivering it a score of “F.”
The analysis gave a better score of “B” to the Ohio Senate map that Republicans have proposed, which Glassburn also reworked and presented Monday. Analysts said the second map fared better because each Senate districts contains three House districts, diluting the partisan advantage.
The two Democrats on the commission — state Sen. Vernon Sykes, the panel's co-chair, and House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes, his daughter — are in a distinct minority with only two of seven votes, but Ohio voters set up a new system that makes a 10-year map dependent on their support.
Otherwise, under new map-drawing rules approved by Ohio voters, another map must be drawn in just four years.
Regional hearings on the proposed maps continue Tuesday in Marietta and Columbus.