Today petitioners in Ohio Organizing Collaborative v. Ohio Redistricting Commission joined a motion filed by the Bennett petitioners with the Ohio Supreme Court that asks the court to enforce its May 25 order to produce constitutionally compliant legislative maps and to schedule a show cause hearing. The Ohio Organizing Collaborative petitioners filed a motion emphasizing the need for the commissioners to appear in open court for a hearing where they must explain why they have refused to follow the court’s orders. The commissioners failed on June 3 to meet a sixth court-issued deadline to draw a new general assembly district plan.
Yurij Rudensky, senior counsel in the Democracy Program at Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law, had the following comment:
“The Ohio Redistricting Commission has behaved as if it is above the law. It isn’t. It has been reconvened by the Ohio Supreme Court to fix constitutional violations, which means the Court dictates the schedule, not the commission. The commissioners must explain the reasons they have refused to do their job and what they will do to draw district maps that meet Ohio’s constitutional standards.”
Brian Sutherland, partner at Reed Smith, had the following comment:
“The commission has been treating the court’s orders as voluntary, which undermines basic principles of checks and balances. The commission doesn’t get to choose when or if to follow the law. The people of Ohio deserve to hear from the commissioners themselves, in open court, why they have refused to follow the Ohio Supreme Court’s orders and the state constitution.”
The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law and Reed Smith represent petitioners Ohio Organizing Collaborative, CAIR-Ohio, Ohio Environmental Council, Ahmad Aboukar, Crystal Bryant, Samuel Gresham Jr., Prentiss Haney, Mikayla Lee, and Pierrette “Petee” Talley.
Both motions and more filings and background on Ohio Organizing Collaborative v. Ohio Redistricting Commission are available here.
This press release is also available here.
- “The Ohio Redistricting Fight Isn’t a Mess. It’s Progress,” by Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center
- “In Court to Fight Ohio’s Gerrymandered Maps,” by Sam Gresham, petitioner and chair of Common Cause Ohio
- “COVID Inequities Show Why Ohio’s Fair Map Mandate Must Not Be Ignored” by Jeniece Brock, policy and advocacy director, Ohio Organizing Collaborative
- “Ohio Take Note: Fairness Is a Universal Value” by Tala Dahbour, policy director, CAIR-Ohio
- “How Gerrymandering Contributes to Environmental Injustice” by Callia Téllez, environmental policy fellow, Ohio Environmental Council
- “Lawmakers’ ‘Rigged’ Map Would Steal Ohioans’ Right to Representation” by Kathleen Clyde and Greg Moore, co-chairs, Ohio Citizens Redistricting Commission
- “We’re Suing Ohio Over Its Gerrymandered Voting District Maps” by Alicia Bannon, Yurij Rudensky, and Julia Kirschenbaum, Brennan Center for Justice