UPDATE: Judges ruling for new Ohio congressional map appealed to U.S. Supreme Court

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Update: 5/10/2019

The Ohio attorney general has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the redrawing of a new congressional district map until the court can rule late next month on other states' gerrymandering cases.

Friday's filing was expected.

A panel of three federal judges in Cincinnati refused Thursday to grant Ohio a stay on its order that the state's map be redrawn by June 14. The panel had ruled the map illegally favors Republicans over Democrats.

Attorney General Dave Yost says in the filing that the Supreme Court could overturn the panel's decision or send it back for a further ruling. Yost also writes that a new map wouldn't have to be drawn for the 2020 election until Sept. 19.

Democrats hope redrawn boundaries will help them gain U.S. House seats.


UPDATE: 05/09/19

The federal judges who found Ohio's congressional map unconstitutional won't delay their order for a new map to be drawn by June 14.

Ohio's elections chief and other Republicans requested to put on hold a new map for the 2020 elections while it appeals the judges' ruling. The panel of judges declined that request Thursday.

The judges ordered the new map last week after concluding that Ohio's congressional districts were unconstitutionally drawn by the Republicans for their political advantage.

Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose is appealing that ruling. A message seeking comment was sent to his office.

If the ruling stands, it could be an important victory for Democrats. They hope redrawn boundaries would help them gain House seats and deliver delegates for a Democratic presidential nominee in 2020.

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ORIGINAL STORY: 05/05/19

A federal court is throwing out Ohio's congressional map.

The court ruled the state's district lines are unconstitutionally gerrymandered to favor Republicans.

Ohio is also being ordered to draw a new map for the 2020 election.

And the court wants to know how state lawmakers determine the new boundaries.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost says the state will appeal.

Similarly, a court threw out Michigan's congressional map last week.

The fate of the maps in Ohio and Michigan likely depends on how the Supreme Court handles gerrymandering cases in two other states... Maryland and North Carolina.



 
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