ACLU sues over Ohio’s congressional districts

ACLU sues over Ohio’s congressional districts. Getty Image
ACLU sues over Ohio’s congressional districts. Getty Image

The ACLU has filed a constitutional challenge to Ohio’s congressional map, using Republican Gov. John Kasich’s statements opposing gerrymandering as ammunition.

A suit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati challenges district maps in effect through 2020 for “an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander” that violates voters’ rights to democratically select their representatives.

The suit names Kasich, Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted and leaders of the GOP-controlled state Legislature.

ACLU of Ohio Legal Director Freda Levinson said the suit hits the “sweet spot” in the life of the 10-year map, because data is available to show how the maps routinely deliver 75 percent of Ohio’s congressional seats to Republicans with only about half Ohio’s votes.

Kasich’s amicus brief against gerrymandering in a federal redistricting case is cited.

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press