For a quick example of how decisions like the Wisconsin case described above can have ripple effects, see Ohio: Pressed for time by Republican delays, the state's ACLU and League of Women Voters have opted to punt their challenge of gerrymandered congressional districts, aiming to overturn them before the 2024 election rather than this year elections.
Jen Miller, executive director of the Ohio League of Women Voters, told me that the Supreme Court’s Wisconsin decision “reaffirmed our concerns.”
“What happened in Wisconsin is demonstrative of the gamble that would be taken if the Ohio Supreme Court reopened the congressional process and the federal courts get involved,” she said.
The decision on whether or not to press for immediate action in Ohio is the result of a forced hand: Republicans in the state delayed for weeks and weeks after the state’s Supreme Court repeatedly rejected their maps as being illegally slanted in Republicans’ own favor.
Secretary of State Frank LaRose, a member of the redistricting commission that’s drawn the slanted maps, predictably blamed lawsuits for the delay, which he said sought to cause “chaos and confusion” in the state — “bankrolled by out of state special interests ultimately seeking court ordered gerrymandering for partisan advantage.”
The same Frank LaRose also recently signaled his openness to a panel of federal judges taking over the state legislative redistricting process -- “in the event that the state proceedings ultimately fail.”