COLUMBUS, OH (WCMH) – Republican lawmakers rushed a congressional card on Tuesday. The new card was presented on Monday afternoon and was finally passed by the state Senate with a party line vote on Tuesday.
“I think this sends a really disappointing message that Republican lawmakers just don’t care what Ohioans have to say,” said Katy Shanahan, Ohio State Director for All On the Line.
Hearings were held throughout November with hours of testimony from Ohioans demanding fair cards. Senate Speaker Matt Huffman said they listened to them and others who have voiced concerns.
“It’s not just the people who have come here and testified, there are 11 million people in the state of Ohio, over 11 million and they communicate their wishes in various ways,” said the President of the Senate Huffman (R) Lima.
According to Dave’s redistricting analysis, the new map features seven probable Republican districts, two blue districts, and six “competitive” districts.
“We are carving out our main counties more than necessary, we are not rooting districts in our big cities and counties to really ensure that these people have real representation,” Shanahan said.
“It’s a very fair map, we have quite a few very competitive districts and it again follows the requirements of the constitution,” said House Speaker Bob Cupp (R) Lima.
The card has passed through the State Senate and heads to the House for a possible indoor vote on Thursday. Defenders of the fair map have said they will not stop fighting, or even take this battle to court.
“I wouldn’t be shocked to see legal challenges on this card,” Shanahan said.