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Voters on May 8 have a chance to change the way Ohio draws Congressional maps. Issue 1 would require more bipartisanship in a line-drawing process that currently has few rules.

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Ohioans will vote May 8 on Issue 1, a plan to change the way Congressional districts are drawn in Ohio. The state is considered one of the most gerrymandered in the United States.

Ohio Statehouse in Columbus
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It’s highly likely Ohio voters will get to vote on a new way to draw Ohio’s Congressional districts map in May. The House approved a plan Tuesday that passed the Senate unanimously the night before.

The passage comes in time for lawmakers to make the February 7 deadline for putting the issue before voters in May.

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On election night two years ago, Catherine Turcer of Common Cause Ohio couldn’t have been more thrilled.

“It’s like Christmas,” Turcer said. “I got the best present, and the thing that’s exciting is that this is for all of us.”

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If Issue 2 had passed on Tuesday night, it would have been only the fourth time in Ohio history that a law brought to the ballot by an individual or a group was approved by voters. There’s a new effort to make changes in that process.

Ohio Congressional Map for 113th Congress
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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.

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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Advocates say time is running out for lawmakers to overhaul the way congressional districts are drawn in Ohio.  

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther says he’s delivered on a major campaign promise.  On Tuesday Ginther released new ethics policies for certain city employees by way of his first executive order.

Redrawing Districts in Ohio

Jul 26, 2011

2011 is the year for redistricting. Congressional and legislative districts  will be redrawn as a result of the 2010 National Census.  In Ohio, two congressional districts will be lost because of a drop in population. Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher we look at what shapes the districts could take  for current congressional seats...What does it mean for the voters in Ohio when  Republicans hold a congressional seat advantage over Democrats - 13 to 5?  Will that advantage increase as districts are redrawn?  We’ll find out... Guests:

Preparations for the 2010 Census

Jan 7, 2010

Preparations for the 2010 Census; community partnerships to count hard-to-reach groups; and issues raised by the population count, with Detroit assistant regional census manager Mario Matthews, The Latino Action Circle community development specialist/community organizer Ruben Castilla Herrera and You Can Count On Me Ohio co-chair Catherine Turcer.