Revised Ohio Congressional Map Gets Airing

Ohio Republicans work on revising congressional district map.(Photo: J Stephen Conn)
Ohio Republicans work on revising congressional district map.(Photo: J Stephen Conn)

Ohio Republicans are proceeding with their second attempt at putting new congressional lines in place.

A hearing Wednesday comes after Democrats blocked a vote on a revised map last week.

A GOP-drawn map reshaping Ohio’s congressional districts to reflect population changes after the 2010 census was passed in September, but is in limbo while Democrats and their allies gather signatures to mount a repeal effort on the 2012 ballot.

Democrats and voter groups argue that the map doesn’t reflect the political leanings of Ohio’s electorate.

The new map to be discussed Wednesday makes whole some counties split into multiple districts under the first map and reshapes lines to increase minority influence in urban counties. Republicans say it’s fairer to Democrats.

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