WVXU: Analysis: Ohio's GOP is about to pull another fast one on redistricting

Political scientist David Niven gives opinion of Ohio’s voter maps redistricting process

It appears to be crunch time for politicians to vote on the redistricting of Ohio’s voter maps, which some say is a ploy to push through a vote that favors the Republican party.

The seven members of the commission — five of whom are Republican elected officials —met in early September to begin the process of coming up with new maps for state legislative districts in 2024. The process was then pushed back, with a deadline set for Sept. 22, 2023.

"There is no sincere interest in a sincere process, but it is best not to just come out and say so," said David Niven, professor of political science at UC’s School of Public and International Affairs. "Therefore, it's time to issue urgent deadlines."

Niven, often cited media resource, teaches American politics and conducts research on campaigns, political communication and death penalty policy.

Ohio's 88 county boards of elections have to have legal descriptions of 2024 state legislative maps by Nov. 6.

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