Why would the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio now challenge in court the redrawing of U.S. House districts by Republicans in 2011? That’s right, seven years later, and just six months after Ohio voters overwhelmingly approved a big overhaul of the process. In a statement following the announcement of the lawsuit last week, Jon Husted, the secretary of state, jabbed the ACLU for failing to “respect the will of Ohio’s voters.”

Yet the organization and its partners, including the League of Women Voters, are taking note of what happened at the ballot box. First, Republicans and Democrats at the Statehouse acknowledged something foul in the current method, “one of the most egregious gerrymanders in recent history,” as the complaint puts it. Then, 75 percent of voters voiced support for change, a process designed to achieve a bipartisan result, with voters choosing their representatives rather than the other way around.

The trouble is, that new approach won’t take effect until after the next census, most likely for the 2022 congressional elections. That leaves the current districts intact for 2020. Is that what voters declared: Let’s stick with what was rejected by such a large margin? Perhaps the secretary of state recalls the many press releases from his office about the importance of each vote and election.

Larry Obhof, the Senate president, dismissed the lawsuit as “partisan,” a bid to gain Democratic seats, “trying to do it in the courtroom instead of the ballot box.” Or the “bunker,” the hotel suite in Columbus where Republicans crafted the heavily partisan districts?

Party operatives looked to guarantee for their candidates 12 of the 16 Ohio seats in the U.S. House. They succeeded. Even in 2012, when Republican candidates received 51 percent of the votes, the party claimed three-quarters of the House seats. The results are “rigged,” as President Trump would say, locked into place, short of an election tsunami, and even that would not capture the full tilt.

Thus, the fundamental right to vote suffers. More, communities with shared interests are neglected as districts reflect extreme “packing” and “cracking.” The lawsuit cites the 11th U.S. House District, resembling “a detached shoulder blade with a robotic arm that reaches out from a shoulder of Cleveland into Akron.” One plaintiff lives just 15 minutes from Hopkins International Airport. Yet the airport sits outside the district. At the same time, Akron Fulton Airport, nearly an hour drive from his house falls within the district boundaries.

Such incongruities, splits of counties and cities and other partisan schemes are repeated across the state. The temptation may be to let it go with the repair coming in four years. Then, there is the amicus brief, joined by Gov. John Kasich, in the Wisconsin case pending before the Supreme Court: “ … partisan gerrymanders are unconstitutional, are harming our republican government and readily can be identified and addressed by the courts.”

In other words, the ACLU of Ohio is right. Better district lines cannot come too soon.