Ohio GOP fast-tracks new congressional map, votes begin

Empty voting stations are seen during the Special Election

Empty voting stations are seen during the Special Election Primary at Cudell Recreation Center in Ohio’s 11th Congressional District on August 03, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. Today’s Special Election was triggered after former Rep. Marcia Fudge joined the Biden administration to become the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Congressional candidate Nina Turner and Councilwoman Shontel Brown are the frontrunners ahead of 11 other Democrats in the race. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A fast-tracked map of Ohio’s new congressional districts has cleared the Ohio Senate and is headed to the House. Voting-rights groups and Democrats objected Tuesday.

The Senate’s approval came less than 24 hours after GOP House Speaker Bob Cupp released the updated version. Republicans say the map is competitive and doesn’t favor either party.

Opponents decried it as gerrymandered to disproportionately favor ruling Republicans.

(The Democrats’ map is shown below. A copy of the Republican map was not immediately available.)

The Democrat-introduced map.

The vote comes as Ohio and other states are under the gun to redraw their congressional districts to reflect updated census figures. Ohio lost one of its 16 seats in a process beset this year by COVID-related delays.

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