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Ohio Group Plans Congressional Redistricting Ballot Measure

Sep 26, 2017

Democratic State Representative Vern Sykes and Republican State Representative Matt Huffman chaired the 2015 campaign for legislative redistricting. Now in the Senate, Huffman is working on a Congressional redistricting.
Credit Ohio Public Radio

Republican legislative leaders say they're putting together a bipartisan working group to come up with a new Congressional redistricting plan.

It comes as a citizens' group frustrated with inaction on the issue plans a proposal for the voters. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.

Senator Matt Huffman of Lima says the plan will be modeled after the one created by lawmakers and approved by voters in 2015, which overhauled the way state lawmakers’ districts are drawn. That issue was endorsed by a group now circulating petitions to put its own Congressional redistricting plan on next year’s ballot. Huffman says the one lawmakers will present won’t be perfect, but will be constructed with a careful process.

 

“Keep in mind that the last two efforts that were put on the ballot, really, by an outside group who said, ‘we’re just going to do what we think is right’ have failed pretty miserably.”

 

The group Fair Congressional Districts for Ohio has said its members support legislative efforts to change the map-drawing process, but that they’ll take it to the ballot themselves if necessary.