Ohio Supreme Court hears arguments about objections to congressional redistricting

The Ohio Supreme Court has begun to hear arguments on the challenges being put to the congressional district map in the state of Ohio, according to The Washington Examiner

The man in question was drawn by the Republicans in the General Assembly, and questions have been brought about whether it violates the provisions the state holds for gerrymandering. 

“Republican Gov. Mike DeWine signed a bill approving the map in November after it passed both chambers of the Ohio General Assembly, both under Republican control,” the Examiner reported. 

Currently, the House delegation included 12 Republicans and four Democrats making the decisions about the districts, but issues arose when taking into accounts Ohio’s slow population growth. 

The new map creates two Democratic-leaning districts, 11 Republican-leaning districts, and two competitive districts, according to the Examiner, a makeup that Democrats are none too happy with. 

Critics of the new districts say that the split between Republicans and Democrats is too wide in a state where currently Republicans win around 54 percent of the statewide elections. 

Multiple suits were filed, alleging unfair conduct favoring Republicans, despite the Ohio constitutional amendment that was passed in May of 2018 that dictated the way the redistricting project would be handled, asking for “fair, bipartisan, and transparent.” 

The hearing is taking place before seven justices, four of which lean Republican while the other three lean toward the Democrats. However, much like in the United States Supreme Court, the Chief Justice, Maureen O’Connor, is considered a swing vote and there is still concern that the vote could go either way.