The Ohio Supreme Court Friday overturned a congressional card skewed in favor of Republicans, ruling that it was the equivalent of a dealer stacking up the deck and sending it back to state lawmakers to try again.
The card would have given Republicans a 12-to-3 advantage in the House election, even though the GOP recently won only about 55 percent of the vote statewide.
Under an amendment to the Ohio Constitution, overwhelmingly passed by voters in 2018, mapmakers are not allowed to reshuffle the state in a way that unduly favors one party. The proposed map was signed by Republicans in the state legislature and passed without Democratic support, and the court rejected it in a 4-to-3 decision.
“If the dealer piles up the deck in advance, the house usually wins,” Majority Judge Michael Donnelly wrote, adding that the Republicans’ plan was “infused with needless partisan bias.”
“This is not what voters in Ohio wanted or expected,” the court ruled.