Redistricting commission failing at their job
Ohioans won’t get any plainer evidence that the officials we elected to serve us in Columbus don’t give a hoot about fulfilling their responsibility to serve us, not themselves, than the debacle over drawing new congressional district maps. The Ohio General Assembly was told July 19 that it had 30 days to draw a constitutional map. They have done nothing.
In fact, state Senate President Matt Huffman, R-Lima, told one news service the Senate had no intention of returning to talk about redistricting. So, if lawmakers have washed their hands of their responsibility, the Ohio Supreme Court gave the Ohio Redistricting Commission — you know, the folks who just keep intentionally handing in gerrymandered, unconstitutional maps — another 30 days past the August deadline to send justices new maps.
Commission members have all but told the state Supreme Court and Ohioans that it has no plans to do its job. Their most recent excuse is that now we might as well ride it out until after the Nov. 3 general election.
Remember, Ohio voters wanted redistricting reform. They wanted fair, constitutional maps to help determine who will represent them. Lawmakers and members of the Redistricting Commission don’t care.
In fact, it is beginning to look as though their plan all along was to kick the can down the road long enough to ensure a new state Supreme Court makeup that will be more favorable to their original maps.
Voters must not forget that, when the time comes.