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Ohio Congressional Redistricting Hearings Scheduled For This Week

Sen. Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) presents a new Congressional district map, drawn by the Senate Republican Caucus.
Andy Chow
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Ohio Public Radio
Sen. Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) presents a new Congressional district map, drawn by the Senate Republican Caucus.

There are now four maps for Ohio’s Congressional districts, with the state going from 16 districts to 15 and state lawmakers drawing the maps because the redistricting commission missed last month’s deadline.

Another map was introduced late last week, with a November 30 deadline coming soon.

Experts at the Dave’s Redistricting website said the map from minority House Democrats released late Friday has six Republican districts, four Democratic districts and five competitive ones.

House Republicans proposed a map that favors Republicans in nine districts, with two Democratic districts and five competitive districts.

No hearings are set for those maps this week. But there are hearings Monday and Tuesday for the maps created by the Ohio Senate. Republicans in that chamber proposed a map with only two Democratic districts and six for the GOP, with the rest competitive. Democrats released a map weeks ago, with six Republican districts and three Democratic districts.

Only a third of Democrats would need to sign on for a 10-year map, and if that doesn’t work, the supermajority Republicans can pass a four-year map.