The Ohio Supreme Court says newly drawn state legislative district maps are constitutional.
The Republican-controlled court says Ohio's Constitution does not require political neutrality when drafting new districts. Democrats challenged the districts on behalf of a group of voters. They argued the Republican-controlled Ohio Apportionment Board intentionally sought an unconstitutional political advantage. Republicans argued the Constitution asks the board to consider minimizing county, township, city and precinct splits but sets no absolute rule. The maps split cities, counties and other community units more than 250 times.