Backers Of Redistricting Plan Say They Have Enough Signatures

Jul 30, 2012

A coalition pushing changes to the way Ohio draws legislative and congressional districts expects to have more than enough petition signatures to qualify the proposed constitutional amendment for the November ballot. Voters First Ohio says it has collected more than 700-thousand signatures. Secretary of State Jon Husted ruled the group's previous submission was more than 130-thousand shy of the roughly 385-thousand signatures needed. The proposal aims to take away map-drawing powers from elected officials and put them in the hands of a 12-person citizen commission. The Ohio Republican Party is fighting the proposal.