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Redistricting arguments set for Dec. 28

Written on Dec 23, 2021

Provided by Hannah News Service

Parties in the congressional redistricting battle could have a less-than-merry holiday week before New Year, depending on justices' reaction to Ohio Supreme Court oral arguments announced for Dec. 28.

The two lawsuits challenging the state's congressional redistricting map – Case No. 2021-1428, Regina Adams v. Gov. Mike DeWine, and Case No. 2021-1449, League of Women Voters of Ohio, et al. v. Ohio Redistricting Commission, et al. – will be argued before a virtual session of the Court at 9 a.m.

Ohio Senate President Matt Huffman, R-Lima, and House Speaker Robert Cupp, R-Lima, answered complainants Friday in a six-point repudiation of their constitutional claims.

Secretary of State Frank LaRose also filed a cursory brief emphasizing that, although he remains a party to Adams and League of Women Voters as Ohio's chief election officer responsible for "enforcing" the congressional map, he is no longer a member of the Legislature and did not vote on redistricting plan Senate Bill 258.

In view of the state's "fast approaching elections deadlines," LaRose urged economy in resolving the dispute.

"The congressional candidates in all 15 districts and the 88 county boards of elections who must conduct the May 3, 2022 primary election need an expedient resolution of relators’ challenges to the 2021 congressional plan," he concluded.

Consolidated oral argument in Adams and League of Women Voters will give both sides 30 minutes each to divide among the parties as they see fit.