Supreme Court scraps 4th legislative maps

For the fourth time, the Ohio Supreme Court rejected state House and Senate maps drawn by Republicans, sending mapmakers back to the drawing board.

Time is of the essence because Ohio needs legislative maps by Wednesday to conduct an Aug. 2 primary – the latest possible date, according to state election officials.

But in its 4-3 decision, the Supreme Court rejected that premise, saying the primary could be held later than Aug. 2 and the map could be finished by 9 am May 6 – the court’s new deadline.

“The so-called April 20 ‘deadline’ for implementing a General Assembly-district plan appears to be an artificial deadline that is based on a speculative, potential primary-election date for state legislative races,” according to the majority’s opinion, which did not list an author.

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