No Ohio Redistricting Decision Before 2012 Election

Feb 17, 2012

The Ohio Supreme Court says it won't consider a lawsuit challenging new state House and Senate districts
before this year's elections.

     The court on Friday said Democrats "unreasonably delayed" filing of the suit until 96 days after the districts were approved by the board of top-ranking state officials tasked with redrawing the boundaries. The court says the filing comes too close to the 2012 election, and that it will consider the issue for future elections.
     Republicans hold a majority on the board that redrew the districts in September. Democrats filed suit in January saying the lines were "gerrymandered" to favor the GOP and split cities, counties, and other community units more than 250 times.
     The court dismissed an argument that the board illegally held closed-door meetings, saying it lacks jurisdiction.