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Democrat Who Voted for Unconstitutional Map Urges Action on Drawing a New One

Jack Cera
KAREN KASLER
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OHIO PUBLIC RADIO
Rep. Jack Cera wants lawmakers to start working on redrawing Congressional districts, as a federal court ordered.

A panel of federal judges has ordered state lawmakers to draw up a new map of Congressional districts for next year’s election by June 14, because they say the current map is unconstitutionally gerrymandered. There’s an effort to delay that order, but if it fails, that could put lawmakers in a bind. 

Longtime Democratic Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) was on the bipartisan working group that came up with a proposal to change the way Congressional districts are drawn, which voters approved last year. He said the budget is the top priority for lawmakers now because it needs to be completed by the end of June. But he’s worried that they’ll also have to start drawing that new map right in the middle of that.

“I think we should start discussing it, because if the court would not grant the stay and we have to move forward, that’s a little over a month to have something resolved,” Cera said.

Cera said the first thing he voted on when he was appointed to the House in 2011 was the disputed map, and he was one of 21 Democrats who voted for it. But he said he now has reservations about that.