Posted: September 30, 2011
Mandamus Action Filed to Subject Ohio Redistricting Act to Referendum
Ohioans for Fair Districts has filed a mandamus action in the Ohio Supreme Court challenging the Congressional redistricting legislation passed by the Republican-controlled Ohio General Assembly earlier this month. The petitioners seek a writ from the court ordering the Ohio Secretary of State to treat sections 1 and 2 of Substitute House Bill 319 as subject to referendum under the Ohio Constitution. The final section of the bill states that it is not subject to referendum. Several Democratic legislators and the chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party are members of Ohioans for Fair Districts and are parties in the action.