After Ohio voters overwhelmingly approved putting an end to gerrymandering back in 2015 and 2018, the Ohio Redistricting Commission was put in charge of delivering fair maps. The past year has been a tumultuous one, with five attempts and shocking revelations. This living and breathing timeline gives a glimpse into what the process has looked like.
APRIL 5, 2021
FAIR DISTRICTS OHIO SEEKS TO MOVE PRIMARY DATE
In light of the delayed census results, Fair Districts Ohio sent a letter encouraging the legislature to move the primary to provide adequate time for mapmaking. The Coalition also called for finalizing and announcing the legislative appointments for the Ohio Redistricting Commission. The letter encouraged the Ohio Redistricting Commission and state legislature to begin holding hearings to gather information from experts.
August 6, 2021
The Ohio Redistricting Commission held its first hearing.
The Ohio Redistricting Commission held its first hearing. The commission members Governor Mike DeWine, Auditor Keith Faber, Secretary of State Frank LaRose, Speaker Bob Cupp, Minority Leader Emilia Sykes, Senate President Matt Huffman, and Senator Vernon Sykes were sworn in. Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima) and Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) were selected as co-chairs.
August 12, 2021
Census Bureau Releases Data After a Delayed Timeline
The US Census Bureau released 2020 demographic data necessary for the 2021 redistricting.