CASE SUMMARY

On November 22, 2021, a group of Ohio voters filed a lawsuit with the Ohio Supreme Court against Ohio's Governor, Secretary of State, and various elected officials challenging the state's enacted congressional plan as violating the Ohio Constitution. Specifically, plaintiffs allege that the enacted plan is a partisan gerrymander drawn to advantage the Republican Party and its candidates in violation of Article XIX, Section 1(C)(3), which prohibits the General Assembly from passing a plan "that unduly favors or disfavors a political party or its incumbents." Additionally, plaintiffs allege that in the course of creating the enacted plan, the defendants unduly and excessively divided communities and political subdivisions throughout the state in violation of Article XIX, Section 1(C)(3)(b). They are seeking a judicial declaration that the enacted congressional plan violates Article XIX of the Ohio Constitution, an injunction barring the defendants from implementing or using the plan in future elections, and for the court to take all steps necessary to remedy these violations including the adoption of a new, valid plan and delaying the 2022 elections and related deadlines if necessary.

CASE LIBRARY

Ohio Supreme Court - No. 2021-1428