Ohio Supreme Court rejects new map of congressional districts, says it is gerrymandered

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The Ohio Supreme Court rejected a new map of state congressional districts Friday as gerrymandered, sending the blueprint back for another try. 

In the 4-3 decision, justices returned the map to the powerful Ohio Redistricting Commission, or its map-drawing counterparts in the Legislature, and said they must assure the next plan actually complies with the Ohio Constitution. 

The commission was already reconstituting to redraw legislative maps rejected Wednesday. 

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State Capitol of Ohio in Columbus (Joe Sohm/Visions of America/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Writing for the majority, Justice Michael Donnelly, one of the court’s three Democrats, wrote, “(T)he evidence in these cases makes clear beyond all doubt that the General Assembly did not heed the clarion call sent by Ohio voters to stop political gerrymandering.” 

The court’s three Democrats were joined by Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, a moderate Republican set to depart the court due to age limits at the end of the year. 

The decision affects separate lawsuits brought by voting-rights and Democratic groups, which argued it was indisputable that the map unconstitutionally “‘unduly’ favors the Republican Party.” The two suits were

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