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Rep. Lepore-Hagan issues statement after Supreme Court rejects gerrymandered state legislative district maps a fourth time

April 14, 2022
Michele Lepore-Hagan News

COLUMBUS –State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today issued a statement after the Ohio Supreme Court struck down the state legislative maps adopted by the Redistricting Commission on March 28. A majority of Republican commissioners chose to abandon the bipartisan, transparent, independent map-drawing process ordered by the Ohio Supreme Court, and instead forced another vote on a last-minute secret gerrymandered plan.

“Yet another costly blunder by the greedy and corrupt Republican commissioners, who could not care less about voting rights and fair representation. Their power lust is not only obvious to a bipartisan majority on the Ohio Supreme Court, it’s obvious to Ohioans around the state who overwhelmingly want fair districts,” said Rep. Lepore-Hagan. “Republicans must be held accountable for abusing their power and failing to deliver the fair maps Ohio voters have demanded.”

The Redistricting Commission now must redraw the state legislative maps by May 6. The state Court’s opinion urged restraint by the federal Court citing longstanding precedent.