CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio Gov.-elect Mike DeWine in his current role as the state’s attorney general has filed a motion seeking dismissal of a lawsuit attempting to force Ohio to redraw its 16 congressional districts in time for the 2020 election.
The lawsuit is scheduled for trial in March before a three-judge federal panel.
Cleveland.com reports the Ohio League of Women Voters and others who are suing for the redrawing of districts argue Ohio’s congressional map violates voters’ constitutional rights by “entrenching partisan advantage.” They say the current map has resulted in 12 predictably Republican districts and four predictably Democratic districts.
The judges rejected an earlier attempt in August to dismiss the lawsuit.
DeWine’s motion filed this week argues among other things that plaintiffs lack standing and are unable to prove harm.