READ THE DECISION Chief Justice John Roberts:“We conclude that partisan gerrymandering claims present political questions beyond the reach of the federal courts. Federal judges have no license to reallocate political power between the two major political parties, with no plausible grant of authority in the Constitution, and no legal standards to limit and direct their decisions.”
Justice Elena Kagan's dissent: "The partisan gerrymanders here debased and dishonored our democracy, turning upside-down the core American idea that all governmental power derives from the people."
BACKGROUND ON OHIO'S GERRYMANDERING CASE: On May 3, the federal panel of three judges declared Ohio's congressional districts unconstitutional!
On May 6, the State of Ohio appealed the judges' ruling that tossed out current congressional maps to the US Supreme Court. In March, the highest court in the land heard two cases of about partisan gerrymandering: a Republican gerrymander in North Carolina (Rucho v. Common Cause) and a Democratic gerrymander in Maryland (Lamone v. Benisek).
On May 9, a three judge panel of the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio denied the State of Ohio's request to put their order to redraw congressional districts on hold.
Thanks to the hard work of redistricting reformers all over the state, voters approved a historic state constitutional amendment that will institute strong protections against the congressional partisan gerrymandering. Voters were clear that we all deserve fair districts and fair elections. Issue 1 of May 2018 won by 74.85%!
Who Are We?
The Fair Districts = Fair Elections Coalition is committed to reining in partisan gerrymandering. We seek fair state legislative and congressional maps that keep communities together because we believe that all elections should be fair and meaningful.
Who Supports Congressional Redistricting?
This site is paid for by the League of Women Voters of Ohio, 100 E. Broad St., Suite # 1310, Columbus, Ohio 43215. To contact the League, please call 614-469-1505.