Ohio Impasse Litigation
Gonidakis v. Ohio Redistricting Commission
Lawsuit filed in federal court on behalf of Ohio voters after the Ohio Redistricting Commission failed to adopt new legislative districts. The plaintiffs argue that the current legislative districts are malapportioned because they are based on 2010 rather than 2020 census data and the federal court must step in to ensure that new districts are in place for the 2022 election cycle. The lawsuit asks the court to declare the current legislative districts unconstitutional and adopt the third plan submitted by the Commission (which the state Supreme Court previously struck down for being an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander). The three-judge panel overseeing the case ordered that, “assuming no map is approved by midnight on Saturday, May 28, we order Secretary of State Frank LaRose to push back Ohio’s state primaries to August 2, 2022, and to implement Map 3 for this year’s elections only.” Litigation is ongoing.