As Ohio redistricting remains in limbo, Republicans weigh impeachment of state supreme court chief


Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor listens to oral arguments in League of Women Voters of Ohio, et al. vs. Ohio Redistricting Commission, et al. at the Ohio Supreme Court in Columbus, Ohio on December 8, 2021. The lawsuit is in regards to the recently redrawn congressional map, which has to be finalized before elections next year.

Republican Ohio lawmakers are considering impeaching the state supreme court’s chief justice after she voted to reject legislative maps, the latest example of the ways state high courts have transformed into partisan battlegrounds during redistricting.

Even before their dockets began to fill with cases challenging new boundaries for congressional and statehouse districts, spending on races for state supreme court seats had exploded.

But redistricting has shone a spotlight on the courts, underscoring the power they hold in influencing the national political landscape after the U.S. Supreme Court limited federal courts oversight of partisan gerrymandering.

Their decisions have been appealed all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, where conservative justices have signaled their desire to weigh in later about the power of state courts to change state legislatures decisions on federal elections.


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