Ohio GOP just passed such a bad gerrymander, even the Republican governor called it unconstitutional
The ruse was so obvious and shameless, not even their fellow Republicans, in the era of the Big Lie and rampant conspiracy theories, could keep countenance.
Late last night, less than an hour after officially presenting the proposal, the Republican majority on the Ohio Redistricting Commission approved new legislative maps even more gerrymandered than the current map that has guaranteed them unfettered and unwarranted supermajority for the last half-decade. According to independent analysis, they will likely result in Republicans winning a 65-24 supermajority in the State House and a 23-10 supermajority in the State Senate. Meanwhile, Trump won Ohio with just over 53% of the vote last year.
Here’s the rub: An overwhelming majority of Ohioans in 2014 voted to approve a constitutional amendment meant to stop partisan gerrymandering altogether. A whopping 71.4% of voters approved a constitutional amendment that gave redistricting power to a bipartisan commission with a mandate to draw fair maps.
So what happened? The structure of the commission didn’t exactly lend itself to bipartisanship this time around. The amendment dictates that the commission consist of two legislators from each party as well as three top statewide officials. Because Republicans hold every statewide office, this round’s commission was functionally a partisan exercise. But while they passed the maps last night, the Republican executives weren’t exactly endorsing them.