congressional redistricting

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The Ohio Republican Party voted on Tuesday night to join its Democratic counterpart in endorsing a major overhaul of how Ohio’s congressional districts are drawn.

Sen. Vernon Sykes (D-Akron, right) laughs with Secretary of State Jon Husted after the Ballot Board vote. Sykes was part of the group that negotiated the deal between lawmakers and citizen groups.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

A plan to change the way the state’s map of Congressional districts will be drawn after the 2020 census will be on the May ballot as Issue 1.

Ohio Congressional Map for 113th Congress
U.S. Geological Survey

A deal has been reached to reform the way Ohio’s Congressional district map is drawn, after weeks of difficult negotiations between Republicans, Democrats and a citizens group that wanted to put its own plan on the fall ballot.

Under the new plan, the map drawing power stays with state lawmakers, but with new rules.

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Lawmakers are off and running on the contentious issue of changing the way the map of Ohio’s Congressional districts is drawn. Reforming that process is meant to stop the practice of gerrymandering, when the lines benefit one party over another. But the outline of a new proposal has caused a rift between several groups.

Ohio Congressional Map for 113th Congress
U.S. Geological Survey

Citizens from around Ohio came to the Statehouse to tell lawmakers why the current process to draw Congressional district lines isn’t working. The Congressional redistricting group met for the first time Thursday, with a goal of putting a plan before voters next year.

Ohio Congressional Map for 113th Congress
U.S. Geological Survey

State legislative leaders have formed a four-member bipartisan group to work on creating a new way to redraw Ohio’s Congressional district map, which will be redone after the 2020 census. But supporters of an effort already underway to change the map drawing process aren’t backing down.

Political Gerrymandering

Jul 28, 2017
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The U.S Supreme Court has taken on a case to decide if partisan gerrymandering violates the Constitution. The case comes to the Supreme Court after three federal judges ruled Wisconsin's 2011 redistricting was unconstitutional because the map favored the Republican Party.  Coming up, we're talking about the efforts to reform gerrymandering and congressional redistricting. 

Political Gerrymandering

Jun 29, 2017
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The U.S Supreme Court has taken on a case to decide if partisan gerrymandering violates the Constitution. The case comes to the Supreme Court after three federal judges ruled Wisconsin's 2011 redistricting was unconstitutional because the map favored the Republican Party. 

Coming up, we're talking about the efforts to reform gerrymandering and congressional redistricting. 

Ohio

Backers of a plan to allow Ohio voters to vote on congressional redistricting reform this fall have cleared one more hurdle.

Ohio

A group that wants to change the way Ohio draws congressional districts has gotten approval to take its proposal to the next step.

Ohio Congressional Redistricting

May 2, 2017
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A coalition of Ohio nonprofits has banded together to obtain the signatures necessary to get a ballot measure for congressional redistricting to be considered for approval for the the 2017 ballot. If approved, the measure would put redistricting into the hands of the seven-member Redistricting Commission. Many Ohio lawmakers have been attempting to address gerrymandering over the past several years, but no action has been taken by Ohio's Congress yet. Join us today as we discuss the possibility of redistricting reform in Ohio with a panel of guests.

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Two years after winning a reform of the way Statehouse lawmakers’ districts are drawn, advocates for congressional redistricting in Ohio have taken the first step to putting that issue before voters.

The League of Women Voters, Common Cause Ohio and the Ohio Environmental Council have collected 1,000 petition signatures to ask voters to change the way Congressional district maps are drawn.

Ohio Congressional Redistricting

Mar 21, 2017
Ohio Congressional Districts
National Atlas of the United States

More than 71 percent of Ohio voters supported a new bipartisan system to redraw state legislative district lines. Issue 1 tackled gerrymandering at the Statehouse and won in all 88 counties in 2015. The issue was ultimately put on the backburner, with no action being taken by legislators in the Ohio House and Senate.

A new bill in the Ohio Legislature would change the way congressional districts are drawn. But its sponsor said his plan is different this time around.

Gov. John Kasich wants lawmakers to tackle the way Congressional districts are created, saying they need to be more competitive and fair. And he has a plan to make that happen.

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