CLEVELAND, OH — Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) released the following statement after a three-judge panel unanimously ruled that Ohio’s gerrymandered Congressional map is unconstitutional. The three-judge panel for the Southern District Court of Ohio ruled that the Republican-drawn map is gerrymandered, disproportionately favoring Republicans, and ordered a new map to be drawn before the 2020 elections to ensure all Ohio voters can have their votes fairly represented in Congress. Last month, the Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases regarding whether Congressional maps in North Carolina and Maryland are similarly unconstitutional and must be redrawn.
As Ohio Secretary of State, Brown worked aggressively to increase voter registration in Ohio – even convincing McDonald’s to print voter registration forms on tray liners. The Washington Post once called Brown’s efforts to register voters in Ohio “probably the most intensive and wide-ranging in the nation.”
“We cannot allow gerrymandered maps to rob Ohioans of their constitutional right to have their voice fairly represented in Congress. For too long, politicians in Columbus and across the country – including Maryland and North Carolina – have rigged the system with gerrymandered maps at the expense of voters,” Brown said. “Today’s ruling is one more step toward making sure every voter’s voice is heard, but we still have a lot of work ahead to fight back against voter suppression in Ohio and across the country.”