Ohio likely to miss first congressional redistricting deadline

Senate President Matt Huffman listens to an Ohioan voice his concern over Ohio House and Senate district draft maps during a meeting at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio on September 9, 2021. Huffman is one of seven on the Ohio Redistricting Commission.

As Ohio's leaders struggle to hit the final deadline for state legislative districts, top lawmakers say they will likely miss a congressional district deadline later this month.

Senate President Matt Huffman, R-Lima, said the Sept. 30 deadline for Ohio lawmakers to pass a map for congressional districts would be "difficult to meet." Ohio will also lose a congressional seat because of slower population growth, bringing the total to 15. 

The first deadline for congressional maps also requires a higher threshold of support from Republicans and Democrats: "yes" votes from 60% of lawmakers in the House and Senate and half of Democrats.

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"There really hasn't been any work done on congressional districts," Huffman told reporters Wednesday. "We'd be starting new tomorrow in the hopes that we could draw a map in two weeks that could get this high level. I think that's very impractical." 

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