Residents deserve redistricting effort

Those who continue to fight for constitutional and fair election maps in Ohio are now asking the state Supreme Court to reject not only the most recently adopted Statehouse maps, but also a motion to dismiss the case entirely.

In fact, State Sen. Rob McColley, R-Napoleon, and state Rep. Jeff LaRe, R-Violet Twp., (both members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission) entered that request for dismissal, and want the court to go further and dismiss the previous five Statehouse map rejections from the court in the last two years, according to a report by the Ohio Capital Journal.

It will come as no surprise that the rest of the Republican contingent of the woefully and intentionally incompetent Ohio Redistricting Commission agrees with that request for dismissal.

In a filing against such a ludicrous motion, a collection of organizations including the Ohio Organizing Collaborative, the Ohio Environmental Council, the Council for American-Islamic Relations’ Ohio chapter and individual Ohioans reminds the court the motion asks “the court to join the Ohio Redistricting Commission in abandoning constitutional obligations to the people of Ohio and to leave voters without recourse against extreme gerrymandering.”

Of course, we know there are a couple on the court who seem happy to do just that. But the bottom line is surely their loyalty to the Ohio constitution and Ohioans in general is stronger than their loyalty to one political party, isn’t it?

To get some idea of how little the members of the commission think of their own responsibility, attorneys pointed out that Section 6 of the state constitutional amendment that reformed redistricting doesn’t require what most in the Buckeye State would expect it to require.

“Section 6 speaks not of doing something, but of attempting to do something,” attorneys for McColley and LaRe state, according to the Capital Journal.

There is no requirement that they succeed, and therefore, they have no intent to try. They are essentially admitting their maps are a constitutional failure, and now they’re in the business of legal stalling tactics that do a further injustice to Ohioans.

It may be too much to ask, but Ohio’s Supreme Court must reject McColley’s and LaRe’s absurd request, and remind the commission they’ve got to try a little harder.


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