COLUMBUS —Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today issued a statement as Republicans passed a partisan, four-year congressional district map that unduly favors GOP candidates 13-2.
“Ohioans and Democrats wanted to see a bipartisan, 10-year map, but as the process unfolded, it was clear Republicans had no intention of negotiating a compromise. The map passed today was released just 14 hours before the first scheduled vote in committee, effectively denying Ohioans transparency and the chance to testify on the maps. This map represents a failure to deliver fair districts to Ohioans, and perpetuates another four years of elected politicians choosing their voters,” said Rep. Sheehy.
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. Sheehy 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. Sheehy’s letter urging Gov. DeWine to veto SB 258 is attached.