Nov 17, 2023
Former Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor on the Fight Against Gerrymandering
In 2022, then-Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor sided with the court’s three Democratic justices in striking down gerrymandered congressional redistricting maps, leading some Republican legislators to call for her impeachment. Unable to run again in 2023 due to age limits, O’Connor left the bench as the longest-serving woman in Ohio elected office in state history.
Sep 23, 2023
Ohio Proves Politicians Can’t Be Trusted to Draw Voting Maps
In the latest installment of Ohio’s redistricting saga, the Ohio Redistricting Commission on Tuesday night unanimously passed new legislative maps that are unconstitutional gerrymanders. For those who have been following the state’s redistricting process so far, this comes as no surprise. It’s the fifth set of maps the commission has drawn since 2021, as all four of its prior attempts were rejected by the Ohio Supreme Court for violating the state constitution’s prohibition against partisan gerrymandering. The commission is comprised of the governor, secretary of state, auditor, and four legislators appointed by legislative leaders.
Aug 16, 2023
Former chief justice: redistricting was 'doomed to fail.' Ohio needs new way to draw maps
The Republican former chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court has done as she said she would earlier this year: She’s working with a group that wants to change the way Ohio’s legislative and congressional district maps are drawn. She and the court’s three Democrats ruled against them every time they came before the court last year.
Dec 31, 2023
Ohio Ballot issues had a big year in 2023. What might be coming next?
With Ohio approving abortion rights and recreational marijuana proposals in November, challenging national perceptions of Ohio in the process, could we be in for an era of progressive ballot issues?