Politics Ohio Senate approves "extreme" gerrymandered map favoring GOP

23:10  18 november  2021
23:10  18 november  2021 Source:   salon.com

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Ohio's Republican-dominated Senate on Tuesday approved a congressional district map that critics say is designed to benefit the GOP — a move that sparked swift criticism of the state's lawmakers and bolstered demands for Congress to pass federal legislation to protect voting rights and outlaw gerrymandering.

Unveiled late Monday by Republican state lawmakers, the new map was advanced by the Ohio Senate Local Government and Elections Committee before being approved by the full upper chamber. It still needs approval from the Ohio House and GOP Gov. Mike DeWine.

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"Announcing a new map late in the evening, just hours before a vote, with no opportunity or possibility even for in-depth analysis or discussion, is disrespectful," said Catherine Turcer, executive director of Common Cause Ohio, after the first vote.

"In 2018, Ohio voters overwhelmingly approved transparent and bipartisan mapmaking with meaningful opportunities for public input," Turcer added. "Ohio voters deserve better."

"It's incredibly disheartening," the Common Cause Ohio leader told The Columbus Dispatch.

Deidra Reese, statewide coordinator of the Ohio Unity Coalition, similarly noted that the schedule meant lawmakers had little time to hear from opponents of the map.

"I am disappointed that they didn't hear the pleas from hundreds of Ohioans for districts that are fair and representative of the people," Reese said, agreeing that "we deserve better" and calling on Ohio lawmakers to "reject this plan."

Ohio Senate Republicans highlight that the new map would only divide 12 counties and keep seven of the state's eight biggest cities in single districts. They also claim seven of Ohio's 15 districts would be competitive between Democratic and GOP candidates.

However, analyses suggest the new boundaries would only benefit Democrats in a few districts. As Cleveland.com detailed Tuesday:

The map as designed favors Republicans to win a 12-3 share of Ohio's congressional seats, according to modeling from Dave's Redistricting App, a widely-used redistricting site. DRA rates the map as "OK" on compactness, competitiveness, and community splitting. It rates "very bad" for political proportionality, worse than the current map, which awards Republicans a 12-4 share.

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The new map's 12-3 breakdown includes two toss-up districts. One, which includes Democratic Toledo Rep. Marcy Kaptur's district, leans slightly Republican, while another, incorporating outgoing GOP Rocky River Rep. Anthony Gonzalez's district, leans slightly Democratic. A district in the Cincinnati area represented by GOP Rep. Steve Chabot leans three points Republican, but Sen. Rob McColley, a Republican who is sponsoring the map plan, said President Joe Biden narrowly won the district in 2020.

Although former President Donald Trump remains committed to his "Big Lie" about the 2020 election, Biden won the national contest. However, despite Biden doing well in Ohio's major cities, Trump secured the Midwestern state by more than eight points.

Mother Jones' Ari Berman, author of "Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America", said Tuesday that the "extreme gerrymandered congressional map" gives Republicans 80% of seats in a state where Trump won with 53% of the vote.

Responding to Berman's tweet, Nina Turner — a former Cleveland City Council member, Ohio state senator, and U.S. House candidate — said, "This is a damn shame."

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The Ohio House Government Oversight Committee is set to consider the map Wednesday morning. The full chamber has sessions scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. Neither chamber is scheduled to meet next week, and the rapidly approaching deadline to finish the map is the end of the month.

The Dispatch explained that what happens in the state House could impact how long the map is in effect, if approved by all necessary parties. For the map to last a decade, it needs approval from 60% of lawmakers in each chamber and 33% of Democrats, which "amounts to 12 Democrats in the House and three in the Senate."

"Nobody wants a four-year map," said Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko, D-25., telling the newspaper he is aiming for a compromise. "If it's doable, if it's palatable, then I'll whip my caucus."

The battle over the map in Ohio — mirroring other GOP-controlled states — comes as congressional Democrats have been fighting to pass various voting rights legislation.

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Earlier this month, all U.S. Senate Republicans expect Lisa Murkowski of Alaska prevented a floor debate on the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which came after the evenly divided chamber's GOP caucus twice blocked a package called the For the People Act as well as a later compromise bill, the Freedom to Vote Act.

That GOP obstruction as well as state Republican lawmakers' voter suppression bills and gerrymandering efforts this year have added fuel to calls for Senate Democrats to reform or even fully abolish the filibuster so they can quickly send an election reform bill to Biden's desk.

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