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Ohio's disputed Congressional map will likely stay in place for 2022

 Commissioners hand out different maps to be submitted during a Ohio Redistricting Commission meeting on March 2, 2022.
Andy Chow
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Statehouse News Bureau
Commissioners hand out different maps to be submitted during a Ohio Redistricting Commission meeting on March 2, 2022.

As debate continues over Ohio's legislative maps, new movement on contested the state's congressional districts means they’re likely to stay in place at least for 2022.

The Ohio Supreme Court consolidated the two cases that are challenging that map as unconstitutionally gerrymandered, and set filing deadlines into late May. But no courtroom arguments were set – which means that map will be used for the 2022 election year unless a federal court intervenes.

Meanwhile, the House and Senate maps approved by the Redistricting Commission late Monday are now awaiting review by the Ohio Supreme Court – and right now those districts aren’t set for the May primary ballot.

While the commission had hired outside mapmakers with a livestream for people to watch the process, Republicans ended up just approving changes to a previous set of maps drawn by GOP staffers.

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