Voting rights advocates on Friday celebrated the Ohio Supreme Court\u0026#039;s 4-3 decision to strike down new GOP-drawn congressional districts just days after a similar ruling against rigged maps for state-level legislators.\r\n\r\n\u0022When the dealer stacks the deck in advance, the house usually wins.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022The Ohio Supreme Court has once again sent the indisputable message that district maps are not to be toyed with or manipulated to the detriment of voters,\u0022 said Julie Ebenstein, senior staff attorney with the ACLU\u0026#039;s Voting Rights Project, in a statement. \u0022This is another huge victory for voting rights.\u0022\r\n\r\nPraising the court\u0026#039;s \u0022clear and meticulously detailed\u0022 opinion invalidating a congressional map that favored Republicans, ACLU of Ohio legal director Freda Levenson declared, \u0022What a week for democracy!\u0022\r\n\r\nThe opinion—authored by Justice Michael Donnelly and backed by the other two Democrats as well as Republican Chief Justice Maureen O\u0026#039;Connor—calls out Ohio GOP lawmakers for failing to comply with the state constitution, stating that their plan \u0022is infused with undue partisan bias\u0022 and \u0022when the dealer stacks the deck in advance, the house usually wins.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022That perhaps explains how a party that generally musters no more than 55% of the statewide popular vote is positioned to reliably win anywhere from 75% to 80% of the seats in the Ohio congressional delegation,\u0022 the opinion continues. \u0022By any rational measure, that skewed result just does not add up.\u0022\r\n\r\nAs Common Dreams has reported, the GOP map could have given Republicans control of as many as 13 of the state\u0026#039;s 15 congressional districts.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nLevenson highlighted that the new ruling \u0022proclaims that \u0026#039;gerrymandering is the antithetical perversion of representative democracy,\u0026#039; and enforces the mandate put forward by Ohio voters in 2018 who demanded an end to this abuse of power.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe Columbus Dispatch reports that \u0022Ohio lawmakers will be sent back to the drawing board to craft a new map within 30 days. If they can\u0026#039;t reach a solution, the Ohio Redistricting Commission—a panel of statewide elected officials and state lawmakers—will have 30 days to do so.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe deadline for Ohio candidates to file paperwork to run for office is March 4 and the state\u0026#039;s primary election is scheduled for May 3.\r\n\r\n\u0022Ohio voters have been waiting too long for fair districts,\u0022 Common Cause Ohio executive director Catherine Turcer said Friday. \u0022We all deserve to participate in meaningful elections, which is why nearly 75% of Ohio voters approved putting clear rules prohibiting partisan gerrymandering in the Ohio Constitution. We are glad the Ohio Supreme Court agrees.\u0022\r\n\r\nAsserting that \u0022it is time for the state Legislature to put aside partisan interests and prioritize the needs of Ohio voters,\u0022 Turcer said her group expects state leaders \u0022to learn from their mistakes and finally listen to the people\u0026#039;s call for fair maps.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022Although time is short,\u0022 she added, \u0022we expect significant opportunities for public input and that mapmaking this time will be conducted with full transparency.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe development in Ohio comes amid uncertainty about the future of federal legislation to prevent gerrymandering and protect voting rights due to obstruction of two bills by Republicans along with Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.).