Redistricting Coalition Submits First Signatures For Amendment

Advocates for redistricting reform say the state's latest congressional maps shows the system is broken.(Photo: WOSU file photo)
Advocates for redistricting reform say the state's latest congressional maps shows the system is broken.(Photo: WOSU file photo)

A coalition of voter groups has submitted initial paperwork as it pushes for a state constitutional amendment that would take away elected officials’ power to draw legislative and congressional districts.

Maps are now redrawn by state lawmakers once a decade to reflect population shifts. The proposal would move district map-making to a 12-person citizen commission.

The coalition submitted an initial 1,700 signatures and its proposed summary wording on Monday. They need attorney-general approval before gathering another 386,000 voter signatures by July in order to get the proposal on the fall ballot.

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