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Ohio’s only statewide issue on the May 8 primary ballot nearly didn’t make it – though it’s been talked about for decades. There's a long history of the complicated Issue 1, which some activists call a historic effort to change the way the Ohio’s Congressional district map is created.

Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

Issue 1, the proposed redistricting plan, continues to rack up support ahead of its appearance on the May ballot. Although backers are optimistic it will pass, they’re not putting all of their eggs in this election’s basket.

Tony Dejak / Associated Press

Franklin County’s two sitting Congressional representatives are happy about the redistricting compromise heading for the May ballot.

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.

Ohio Congressional Redistricting

May 2, 2017
Department of the Interior - National Atlas of the United States

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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