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Supreme Court delays redrawing of Ohio and Michigan House districts

Lower-court rulings found partisan gerrymandering, ordered new maps within months

The Supreme Court on Friday put on hold orders from lower courts for Michigan and Ohio to redraw their congressional maps.  (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Supreme Court on Friday put a hold on lower-court decisions mandating that Ohio and Michigan draw new congressional maps this year.  

Federal three-judge panels had struck down portions of Michigan’s map and all of Ohio’s map as partisan gerrymanders in separate cases earlier this spring. The court ordered Michigan to draw a new map by Aug. 1, while the Ohio was given a June 14 deadline.

Republican lawmakers and officials in both states argued that they did not have enough time to comply. 

The Supreme Court granted the stays “pending the timely filing and disposition of an appeal” or further order from the court, which is expected to issue rulings on partisan gerrymandering cases in two other states by the end of June. The Supreme Court heard arguments last month challenging maps drawn by Republicans in North Carolina and by Democrats in Maryland.

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