COLUMBUS —Rep. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) today issued a statement as Republicans passed a partisan, four-year congressional district map that unduly favors GOP candidates 13-2.
“These Congressional maps are not what Ohio voters wanted when 75% of them voted for fair maps in 2018,” said Rep. Boggs. “The drawn districts break up communities, silence voices, and dilute Democratic votes. Ohioans deserve a map that is actually representative of their voter makeup, and the passed map falls incredibly short.”
Democrats offered a compromise set of district lines on the House floor Thursday, which they say better align with the fair district reforms voters passed in 2018. The Democratic amendment mirrored their compromise map, HB 483, and would have limited unwarranted splits in Ohio’s largest counties, kept more communities together, and better reflected the preferences of Ohio voters. The map also created three minority opportunity districts. Republicans rejected the good faith amendment.
Following the vote, Rep. Boggs sent a letter to Gov. Mike DeWine urging a veto of the Republicans’ partisan 13-2 map, which says the map “violates the Ohio Constitution and flouts the will of the people of Ohio who demanded fair districts that follow explicit, strict anti-gerrymandering requirements.”
*Editor’s note: A copy of Rep. Boggs’s letter urging Gov. DeWine to veto SB 258 is attached.