Ohio Democrats concerned after Ohio legislative maps shut down by Ohio Supreme Court
The Ohio Supreme Court denied a third round of Ohio legislative maps, ruling them unconstitutional. This ruling has state Democrats very concerned about the upcoming primary elections.
In a 4-3 decision, the Supreme Court emphasized that Article XI Section 1 (C) of the Ohio Constitution says, "The commission shall draft the proposed plan in the manner prescribed in this article."
The Court stated that the Commission has adopted three plans so far but has not drafted one.
The seven-member Commission is required to draft the maps rather than adopt maps that have been drafted solely by Republican leaders of the House and Senate without consideration or participation from Democratic members of the Commission.
Ohio Democratic Party Chair Elizabeth Walters said in a statement that these maps once again being denied is "all but confirming that a May 3 primary will be impossible."
Walters says changing the date of the primary could cost Ohioans tens of millions of dollars.
The Commission has until March 28 to file a plan with the Ohio Secretary of State and until 9:00 a.m. on March 29 to file a copy with the Court.