New State Legislative Districts

On Sept. 28, the Ohio Apportionment Board (Governor Kasich, Secretary of State Husted, Auditor Yost, Senate President Niehaus, and House Minority Leader Budish), by a 4 – 1 vote (Budish voting no), adopted new state legislative districts which, barring court intervention, will be in place for the next decade.  The maps were drawn in the political backrooms and were not unveiled until Sept. 23.  During testimony before the Board, it was revealed that the map drawers had been sharing draft maps with Republican legislative leaders and obtaining feedback from them throughout the process.  On the morning the plans were approved, additional changes were made based on requests from individual Republican legislators.

Our analysis of the map revealed that the new districts:

  • Violated legal requirements;
  • Give voters a smaller voice in future elections by making fewer districts competitive;
  • Are intended to ensure Republican control of the House and Senate for the next decade.

See the following links for more information:

Comments of Apportionment Board members upon voting on new maps

  • Governor John Kasich

  • Secretary of State Jon Husted

  • Senate President Tom Niehaus

  • Minority Leader Armond Budish

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