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Government Watchdog Group Says Bipartisan Redistricting Group Won't Stop Ballot Effort

Sep 29, 2017

Catherine Turcer of Common Cause Ohio celebrates the passage of the 2015 ballot issue which created a bipartisan commission to redraw state legislative districts
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State legislative leaders have formed a four-member bipartisan group to work on creating a new way to redraw congressional districts after the 2020 census.

But supporters of an effort to change the map drawing process aren't backing down. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.

 

Lawmakers have been considering Congressional redistricting for years, but the goal of this group is a plan to present to voters in May. But Catherine Turcer with Common Cause Ohio says 142,000 signatures have already been gathered by nonpartisan groups for their 2018 proposed ballot issue.

 

“We will not get derailed by the legislative effort just because it’s hard to believe it will actually come to fruition.”

 

The legislative plan will likely keep the Congressional map drawing process with state lawmakers. The nonpartisan groups’ plan transfers that authority to the bipartisan commission that voters approved in 2015 to draw new maps for state lawmakers’ districts – a proposal that was created by lawmakers and endorsed by the nonpartisan groups.