The three-judge federal appeals court panel that ruled Ohio's Congressional district map unconstitutional has denied a request from the state to delay their order to draw a new map next month.
The state’s next move is unclear. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.
The judges rejected the request from Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost to delay the drawing of a new map till after upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decisions on maps from Maryland and North Carolina, and says the new map must be drawn by June 14. That’s two weeks before the state budget is due. Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes opposes the current map and says it’s time to begin.
“Let’s not give the opportunity to mess it up and get it right by starting early. Proper preparation is exactly what we should be doing.”
Yost had said the rulings on the other states’ maps could affect Ohio’s map. But the groups that sued say the state is trying to "run out the clock" to draw a new map in time for next year’s Congressional election.