4th time’s a charm? Hear the Ohio Redistricting Commission’s newest plan

The Ohio Redistricting Commission meets on September 15th of 2021. (Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press)

TOLEDO, Ohio — Saturday afternoon, the Ohio Redistricting Commission met once more to chart the path to new congressional maps for the state. This time, the commission decided to seek outside help to put an end to the lengthy dispute over how Ohio voters should be split into House and Senate districts.

The new plan is for members of the seven-person panel to seek the recommendations of two independent mapmakers, who will work alongside the 4 mapmakers currently on the panel. A mediator will also be brought in to help resolve any disagreement among the mapmakers, according to the AP.

Last week, the Ohio Supreme Court rejected, in a 4-3 vote, the latest maps, over concerns they overly favored the Republican party. That wasn’t the first time the state’s highest-court rejected the panel’s maps for that very reason.

I’ll have more on this story as it develops.

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