The U.S. Supreme Court punted Monday on its biggest decision of its term so far. The justices had been expected to rule on the limits of partisan gerrymandering.

Instead, the court sidestepped the major issues on technical grounds, sending the issue back to the lower courts for further examination.

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Clergy and advocates for the poor converged at the Statehouse Monday for what was called a "die in." 

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 Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Junior advocated for Americans living in poverty in what was called the "Poor People's Campaign." 

Even as Democrats and Republicans spend 2018 vying to win key races around the country, a larger legal battle underway this year could reshape the American political map — literally.

By June, the U.S. Supreme Court is likely to decide three major redistricting cases — out of Wisconsin, Maryland and Texas — that will lay some of the foundation for what the maps will look like, not just this year, but after the 2020 census that could affect control of Congress for the next decade.

The state of those legal cases and other key ones (that could affect 2018 and 2020) are below.

How do you make people understand the odd forms created by gerrymandering? Make them feel it in their toes.

That's the idea behind the Gerrymander 5K happening Saturday in Asheville, N.C., which will trace the boundary between North Carolina's 10th and 11th Congressional districts.

That line splits the left-leaning city into two districts that, when combined with more conservative rural voters, both end up represented by Republicans.

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Ohio Governor John Kasich is joining friend and ex-California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's effort to overhaul partisan redistricing that's helped fuel their own Republican party's rise to power.

An Associated Press analysis shows a redistricting process controlled by Ohio Republicans resulted in the party winning nearly two more U.S. House seats and five more Ohio House seats in the last election than would have been expected in neutral circumstances.

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The Ohio Ballot Board has certified as a single issue a proposed constitutional amendment that would change the way Ohio draws congressional districts.

The Ohio Attorney General's office has approved the petition summary submitted by the group behind a ballot proposal to change the way the state's congressional districts are drawn.

The Ohio Attorney General's office has rejected the initial summary language for a ballot proposal changing the way congressional districts are drawn.

Two years after voters approved a change in the way state legislative districts are drawn, advocates for congressional redistricting have taken the first step to putting the issue before voters.

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A new legislative proposal calls for Ohio's congressional districts to be drawn with bipartisan input similar to what Ohio voters approved for state legislative boundaries in 2015.

The congressional redistricting proposal hit a snag right before taking the next step toward becoming a reality.

The first issue on the ballot was the first to be called, as it was apparent early on that voters were approving Issue 1 overwhelmingly. 

A national political expert visited Columbus recently to talk about the push to change the way state lawmakers’ districts are drawn.

The lawmakers that pushed for state legislative redistricting reform now want to change the way congressional districts are drawn. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.  

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A bipartisan resolution in the Ohio General Assembly aims to change how congressional district lines are drawn.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled Arizona may allow an independent commission to oversee the drawing of congressional district lines.

Lawmakers Approve Redistricting Bill

Dec 18, 2014

A bipartisan redistricting bill will go to the voters next year after the measure cleared the Ohio Legislature on Wednesday.

Ohio lawmakers have finally come to a bi-partisan agreement on redistricting that many are calling historic.

Ohio Senate Approves Redistricting Plan

Dec 12, 2014

A bipartisan redistrict agreement is awaiting Ohio House approval after the Senate passed the measure early this morning. 

A bill that’s passed the Ohio House is providing some hope to people who have been critical of the process of drawing lines for legislative districts. 

State lawmakers are changing a House proposal that would overhaul the way Ohio draws legislative districts to require additional minority-party support for approval of the political boundaries.  

Lawmakers Working On New Redistricting Plan

Dec 2, 2014

A redistricting proposal is unlikely to be taken up in the lame duck session of the Ohio General Assembly this year, but one could be ready in time for the November 2015 elections.

A panel of state lawmakers and other constitutional experts has been working on a new redistricting plan

After years of complaints about the way the state’s Congressional and legislative districts are drawn, the Constitutional Modernization Commission - an appointed panel of current and former lawmakers and other officials - is looking over a plan to change it.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted is challenging his fellow Republicans in the Legislature for inaction on several fronts – including redistricting and on-line voter registration. 

A new University of Akron poll asked registered voters about three major issues.

Ohio House Democrats Push Package Of Government Reforms

Oct 29, 2013

Democrats in the Ohio House are advocating a package of proposals they say would make state government more accessible and accountable.

Changing Politics Involves Changing Political Process

Oct 9, 2013

Ohio voters who say they are fed up with the current political system often find it’s difficult to change. Many people who study politics say it’s not as simple as voting incumbents out of office.