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National Democratic Group Files Lawsuit Over Ohio's New Congressional Map

A committee of Ohio lawmakers meets for a hearing on proposed Congressional district maps earlier in November.
Julie Carr Smyth
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Ohio Public Radio
A committee of Ohio lawmakers meets for a hearing on proposed Congressional district maps earlier in November.

The National Redistricting Action Fund has filed a legal challenge in the Ohio Supreme Court.

The group, an affiliate of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, said the new map violates the new reforms placed in the Ohio Constitution by voters in 2018.

The map was signed into law over the weekend by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine.

The new Ohio congressional map.
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The new Ohio congressional map.


It creates 12 districts that heavily favor or lean in favor of Republicans. That's 80% of the districts in a state that voted for Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election with 53% of the vote.

The group said the map unduly splits counties and municipalities for "no discernible reason other than minimizing Democratic voting power."

For example, voters in overwhelmingly Democratic Cincinnati are carved out of the rest of Hamilton County and placed with voters in more conservative Warren County.
Republican leaders, including DeWine, said the map follows the constitution.

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Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.