Across the country, the same Republicans who declare elections corrupt and say Democrats have rigged the vote are corrupt and rigging the vote. In Ohio, the GOP in power have drawn two maps that greatly favor their own candidates, and on Monday, the second was struck down just as the first was.
🚨BREAKING: Ohio Supreme Court STRIKES DOWN congressional map. Court orders legislature to adopt new map within 30 days. A victory for the voters of Ohio. Congrats to @RedistrictFdn and the @EliasLawGroup team who litigated this important case.https://t.co/n5hEoet1de
— Marc E. Elias (@marceelias) July 19, 2022
The ruling by the Supreme Court was not issued in time to affect the 2022 midterm vote, but it will be in place ahead of 2024. The map submitted by the Ohio lawmakers was deemed unconstitutional under Ohio law, but Ohio voters will have to vote based on that map.
Marc Elias, a election lawyer for the Democratic Party, announced the decision favorable to democracy on Twitter. The map must now be redrawn within 30 days or the courts would be forced to reconvene the Ohio redistricting commission to draw up and choose its replacement.
According to Democracy Docket:
‘The petitioners, who sued in Adams v. DeWineover the first map, argue that the revised map “bears a striking resemblance” to the first map that was struck down and it is is still an extreme partisan outlier that favors Republicans and unnecessarily splits communities to do so. The lawsuit asks the state Supreme Court to pause all election deadlines for the state’s May 3 primary, postpone the primary election and order the adoption of a new congressional map, either one chosen by the court or one drawn by the General Assembly.’
The court ruled that the map unfairly favored the GOP and that it was invalid in its entirety. Twitter had a lot to say about the invalid map and the court ruling striking it down, with many thankful for Elias’s work and many others concerned with how these rulings have been recognized and honored in the past. Read some of their comments below: