Republican Ohio Attorney General and Govenor-elect Mike DeWine has filed a motion seeking dismissal of a lawsuit seeking to force the state to redraw its 16 congressional districts in time for the 2020 election.
The Ohio League of Women Voters and other plaintiffs argue Ohio's congressional map violates voters' constitutional rights by "entrenching partisan advantage." They say the current map has resulted in 12 predictably Republican districts and four predictably Democratic districts. The state says the plaintiffs lack standing and are unable to prove harm. A federal appeals court, which in August rejected an earlier attempt to dismiss the lawsuit, will hear the case in March. Voting righs groups in Virginia, Michigan, Maryland and North Carolina have filed similar suits in those states.