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The panel charged with redrawing Ohio’s state legislative districts for the next 10 years will miss its Sept. 1 deadline, triggering an extension until the middle of the month.

Ohio Channel

When the current lines were drawn for Ohio House and Senate and Congressional districts ten years ago, much of that work was done by a handful of Republican lawmakers behind closed doors. Since then, Ohioans have passed new rules for the redistricting process to make it more open and accountable. But there are, once again, questions about whether the bulk of the work is being done in secret.

U.S. Census Bureau

Ohio will lose a seat in Congress, bringing its total to 15 – it’s smallest Congressional delegation since 1833. And it’s unclear which of the 12 Republicans and four Democrats stands to lose their district when the lines are redrawn this year. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.

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Sixteen other states are backing Alabama’s challenge to a statistical method the U.S. Census Bureau is using for the first time to protect the privacy of people who participated in the 2020 census, the nation’s once-a-decade head count that determines political power and funding.

A federal judge has dismissed Republican Ohio Attorney General David Yost’s lawsuit against the Biden administration to force the results of last year’s Census to be released by March 31.

Ohio Secretary of State's Office

The League of Women Voters of Ohio is opposing a lawsuit filed by the State of Ohio against the decision to hold back 2020 U.S. Census data till September 30 because of the pandemic and concerns about accuracy.

Ohio Secretary of State

2021 brings a new mapmaking process for Ohio's state legislative and congressional districts.

Ohio Secretary of State

Republican strategist Karl Rove is soliciting donations for an Ohio Supreme Court justice's reelection bid, signaling the stakes involved in controlling the battleground state’s high court when congressional maps are redrawn next year. 

Ten years ago, Republicans flipped 20 state legislative chambers, seizing control of district mapmaking in many states after the decennial census. That cemented GOP dominance at the state and congressional levels for most of the last decade.

This time, Democrats are making sure they're mobilizing.

A new analysis by the non-partisan Pew Research Center shows which states would be most affected by President Trump's order to exclude illegal immigrants from being counted in the redrawing of U.S. House districts. 

Updated at 10:10 a.m. ET

You will not find a citizenship question on the 2020 census forms.

More than a year after his death, a cache of computer files saved on the hard drives of Thomas Hofeller, a prominent Republican redistricting strategist, is becoming public.

Republican state lawmakers in North Carolina fought in court to keep copies of these maps, spreadsheets and other documents from entering the public record. But some files have already come to light in recent months through court filings and news reports.

Updated Nov. 13 at 3:50 p.m. ET

A prominent GOP redistricting strategist had direct communication with an adviser to the Trump administration concerning the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census, newly released emails show.

The emails were released Tuesday by the House Oversight and Reform Committee, which has been conducting an investigation into the origins of the citizenship question that the Trump administration failed to add to forms for the upcoming national head count.

Dan Konik

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled federal courts cannot judge if extreme partisan gerrymandering violates the constitution. 

Updated 7:45 p.m. ET

In a 5-4 decision along traditional conservative-liberal ideological lines, the Supreme Court ruled that partisan redistricting is a political question — not reviewable by federal courts — and that those courts can't judge if extreme gerrymandering violates the Constitution.

The ruling puts the onus on the legislative branch, and on individual states, to police redistricting efforts.

Updated at 1:10 p.m. ET

A high-ranking Census Bureau official privately discussed the citizenship question issue with GOP redistricting strategist Thomas Hofeller in 2015, according to emails cited in a new court filing in the legal battle over the potential census question.

Updated on June 7 at 4:30 p.m. ET

The way Thomas Hofeller talked about redistricting — the drawing of political boundaries and the sifting of voters into buckets — you could be forgiven if you assumed he was speaking about a loved one or a favorite holiday.

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he group that sued over Ohio’s Congressional district map says there’s still time to draw a new one for next year's election if lawmakers are ordered to do that, even though the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday delayed a lower court’s order to do so by June 14.

aclu.org

The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a stay that says Ohio and Michigan do not have to draw up new Congressional district maps until after two rulings expected next month. 

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to let congressional redistricting procedures proceed. 

Ohio Public Radio

A federal court has denied Ohio’s request to delay new congressional map drawing.

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. 

Cleveland State University

Ohio’s Congressional district map is likely headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, after a panel of federal judges ruled it’s unconstitutionally gerrymandered to favor one political party.

Cleveland State University

Ohio is seeking to stay an order requiring a new congressional map be drawn by next month after a court ruling found its Republican-drawn congressional districts unconstitutional.   Ohio's Attorney General filed an appeal Monday on behalf of GOP Secretary of State Frank LaRose and Republican legislative leaders.  

aclu.org

Republicans say they will appeal a federal ruling that orders Ohio to draw a new congressional map for the 2020 elections. 

Updated at 5 p.m. ET

A federal court in Michigan says that the state's Republican-controlled legislature unfairly drew some of Michigan's state legislative and U.S. House district lines and that a divided government will have to come up with new boundaries.

A panel of three judges said that 27 of 34 challenged districts diluted the weight of people's votes and that every challenged district is unconstitutional.

The Supreme Court appeared sharply divided on the question of whether there's any limit on what the courts can impose on partisan redistricting, also known as gerrymandering, with Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the newest member of the court, appearing at least somewhat conflicted.

"I took some of your argument in the briefs and the amicus briefs to be that extreme partisan gerrymandering is a real problem for our democracy," Kavanaugh told the lawyers arguing the case, "and I'm not going to dispute that."

Partisan gerrymandering is back at the U.S. Supreme Court.

A year and a pivotal justice's retirement after the high court dodged the question, those seeking to break the political stranglehold over legislative redistricting are urging the justices to draw a line beyond which the Republican and Democratic parties cannot go in entrenching their political power, sometimes for decades at a time.

WCBE files

A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati has denied a request by the state to delay a federal lawsuit seeking the redrawing of congressional district lines ahead of the 2020 election. 

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. 

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