Group Looking To Change Redistricting Comes Up Short

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

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted says supporters of a constitutional amendment to change the way Ohio draws its legislative districts have fallen short of the number of valid signatures needed to get the issue on November’s ballot.   Husted says the group Voters First Ohio has fallen about 131,000 signatures short.

The secretary of state also says the group failed to get the required number of signatures from 44 counties.  Husted says the group met the legal requirement for only 34 counties.

The group has ten additional days to collect the signatures to make up the difference.

The group is looking to change the Ohio constitution to take the power to draw legislative districts away from state lawmakers.   The amendment would create  a 12-member citizens commission to draw legislative lines.

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