Statewide News
7:18 am
Tue November 15, 2011

Gov. Kasich Responds to Ohio Redistricting Lawsuit

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is arguing that he should be dismissed from a lawsuit over the state's new map of U.S. House districts.

Clermont County Republican voter Belinda Ward sued Kasich, Ohio's elections chief and GOP legislative leaders, asking a county judge to draw new lines since lawmakers can't come to an agreement.

Changes are required due to Ohio population shifts over the past decade.

Ward argues the current district lines are unconstitutional because changes passed by the GOP-led legislature are in limbo while Democrats attempt to put them before voters in 2012.

A Monday filing from Kasich argues he had no part in drawing the new lines but only signed the bill establishing them.

A legislative panel is expected to take up new, tweaked districts on Tuesday.