COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected another round of Republican-drawn Statehouse maps and returned them to the Ohio Redistricting Commission.
Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor accused the GOP-led panel of “a stunning rebuke of the rule of law” for resubmitting maps already invalidated as unconstitutional.
The 4-3 ruling Wednesday marked the fifth time justices have found the commission’s legislative maps violate a 2015 constitutional amendment designed to prevent gerrymandering.
O’Connor also said a separate, federal three-judge panel has placed her court in “a remarkable position” by announcing it will force use of the invalid maps unless the state dispute is resolved by Friday.
The court’s full ruling is below.