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Voter Rights Groups File Challenge To New Ohio Congressional Map

Andy Chow
Statehouse News Bureau

A second challenge has been filed over Ohio's new Congressional district map in the state supreme court. A coalition of voter rights groups say the new map was drawn to favor Republicans.

The League of Women Voters of Ohio, the A Philip Randolph Institute and the ACLU of Ohio filed the lawsuit in the Ohio Supreme Court.

The challenge argues that the new congressional district map creates unnecessary splits in order to "minimize the efficacy of Democratic votes."

The map creates 12 out of 15 districts that favor the GOP.Opponents of the map say Republican lawmakers violated the anti-gerrymandering reforms approved by voters in 2018.

However, Gov. Mike DeWine and other Republican leaders say the map creates compact districts and avoids splitting most of Ohio's largest cities.


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