State Rep. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) issued a statement today after the Redistricting Commission failed to meet its constitutional duty to release, hold three hearings on, and adopt a state legislative district map by Sept. 1. Even though other maps have been presented to the Commission, the Commission itself has neither produced nor worked on one, and co-chair Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima) has not given a date that the Commission will propose a map for review.
“It has been over six years since our constituents demanded and voted for new maps to be introduced, yet here we are on September 1 without any maps or even a date for one to be reviewed,” said Rep. Ingram. “Ohioans deserve the fair districts and better representation for their community that was promised to them. My Democratic colleagues and I want to see the Commission adhere to its constitutional duty and release a map at their next meeting. Protecting the current gerrymandered map of Ohio is unacceptable. Time is running out and it is all on the line.”
The Commission met yesterday but adjourned without scheduling its next meeting.