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Rep. Humphrey votes in opposition to Republican gerrymandered congressional map, urges veto from the governor

November 19, 2021
Latyna M. Humphrey News

Rep. Latyna Humphrey (D-Columbus) issued a statement after Republicans passed a partisan, four-year congressional district map that unduly favors GOP candidates. 

“This gerrymandered, partisan map invites a veto by the governor or referendum by the majority of Ohio voters who expected more of their government,” said Rep. Humphrey.  “It didn’t have to go this way.  There was an opportunity for compromise and unfortunately that didn’t happen.” 

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. Humphrey sent a letter to Gov. Mike DeWine urging a veto of the Republicans’ partisan 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.”