Ohio Redistricting Challenge (Simon)
Simon v. DeWine
Lawsuit filed in federal court on behalf of two Black voters who reside in Mahoning County, Ohio challenging the state’s new congressional and state Senate maps drawn with 2020 census data. The lawsuit alleges that the maps dilute the voting strength of Black Ohioans and the defendants failed to “consider whether the boundaries adopted deprive Black voters of an equal opportunity to participate in the political process and to elect representatives of choice.” The plaintiffs also argue that the use of at-large elections in Mahoning County has denied Black voters “full and equal access to the political process.” The plaintiffs argue that the new maps violate Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and the First, 14th and 15th Amendments and ask the court to block their use in future elections. No relief was granted before the plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed the case.