U.S. Supreme Court grants Ohio, Michigan requests to delay new maps in gerrymandering cases

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that Ohio and Michigan do not need to draw new congressional maps right now. 

The top court granted requests from the states to delay new congressional maps, as was ordered by two panels of three federal judges.

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on gerrymandering cases in North Carolina and Maryland by late June. A trio of federal judges had requested a new map from Ohio lawmakers by June 14.

Now, legislators can wait to see what the U.S. Supreme Court decides on other states’ maps. A decision on those cases is expected in late June. 

The cases are “stayed pending the timely filing and disposition of an appeal in this Court or further order of this Court,” according to Friday’s order. 

A new map would have been a victory for Democrats who have long railed against the lines that kept their party from being competitive in places like Cincinnati, Ohio. Ohio is represented by 12 GOP representatives and four Democrats in Congress – a GOP dominance not reflective of the state’s partisan breakdown. 

The American Civil Liberties Union, representing voter advocates and voters in gerrymandered districts, argued that waiting would endanger Ohio’ ability to draw a new, fairer map in time for the 2020 elections.

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