COLUMBUS -- In a defeat for Democrats, the Ohio Supreme Court has let a newly drawn state legislative map stand.
In a ruling Tuesday, the high court said Ohio's Constitution doesn't require political neutrality when drafting new House and Senate districts. Democrats brought the challenge on behalf of a group of voters.
They argued the Republican-dominated Ohio Apportionment Board intentionally sought political advantage through the maps as prohibited in the Ohio Constitution.
Republicans argued Ohio's Constitution asks the board to consider minimizing county, township, city and precinct splits but sets no absolute rule.
The litigation said the maps of 99 House and 33 Senate districts split cities, counties and other community units more than 250 times.
The court had delayed its ruling in the case so as not to impact the 2012 election.
The Associated Press