Supreme Court rejects Ohio legislative maps, full May primary unlikely

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor was the key vote in the redistricting decision, breaking with her party to rule against the maps. O'Connor, a Republican, joined the court's three Democratic justices and the three GOP justices dissented.

The Ohio Supreme Court struck down the third set of state House and Senate maps late Wednesday, effectively ending any hope of a May 3rd primary with both legislative and statewide races.

The decision marks the third time the Ohio Supreme Court has rejected legislative maps drawn by the Ohio Redistricting Commission. Once again, Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, a Republican, was the deciding vote in a 4-3 decision.

The Ohio Supreme Court ordered the Ohio Redistricting Commission to draw a new set of state House and Senate maps by March 28. 

In its decision, the court’s majority pointed to a flawed process that led to a flawed product. It also made a suggestion for the next round of mapmaking: draft maps in public, convene frequent meetings and use a different mapmaker. 

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