Time is running out for the Ohio House and Senate to approve a new congressional map by the end of the month. If the legislature can’t meet the deadline, the Ohio Redistribution Commission will have a chance.
This Republican-dominated panel has just approved cards that have been denounced as gerrymandered to the GOP.
Ohio’s 16 congressional districts will be reduced to 15 on the new map. State lawmakers must approve this congressional district map by a three-fifths majority and one-third of the Democratic votes.
House Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima) doubts they can reach a deal before the September 30 deadline.
“I think it would be extremely unlikely that we could. The process of drawing the map, just the technicalities of trying to comply with the Constitution is not something that can be done in an hour or so. a few days, ”says Cupp. “It really requires a lot of attention to detail and not crossing lines of political subdivision. And the constitutional requirements are much stricter than they were 10 years ago. So I don’t see how that is. is possible to do. “
The Ohio Redistribution Commission, which just approved legislative maps for states that retain a Republicans qualified majority, would have the next blow on the cards of Congress. The commission would have until the end of October.