Justice Kennedy expresses concerns about Ohio redistricting

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy.

The political battle over redistricting in Ohio was at the forefront of comments made by elected officials during the annual Marion County Republican Party’s Harding Day Dinner on Thursday evening in Waldo.

The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected two statehouse maps proposed by Republicans on the Ohio Redistricting Commission and one congressional map. The high court is currently reviewing the latest version of both maps.

Activist groups, including the National Redistricting Action Fund, led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, and the American Civil Liberties Union, have filed lawsuits against the maps.

Calling the issue “the fight of our life,” Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon L. Kennedy delivered a stern message to her fellow GOP members on Thursday evening, stating that she believes that groups like the one led by Holder and ActBlue, a non-profit technology organization that assists with fundraising efforts for Democratic Party candidates and progressive groups, are attempting to unduly influence the process in Ohio.

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