Redistricting Overhaul Qualifies For Fall Ballot On Second Attempt

Members of "Voters First" gathered in July to submit a second round of petition signatures to the Ohio Secretary of State's Office.(Photo: Jo Ingles, Ohio Public Radio)
Members of "Voters First" gathered in July to submit a second round of petition signatures to the Ohio Secretary of State's Office.(Photo: Jo Ingles, Ohio Public Radio)

A coalition seeking to change how Ohio draws legislative and congressional districts has collected enough signatures to qualify its proposed constitutional amendment for the fall ballot.

The Voters First coalition needed to submit roughly 385,000 valid signatures to make the ballot but fell short by more than 130,000 in its initial effort. It filed thousands of additional signatures last week.

Secretary of State Jon Husted said Monday that nearly 152,000 additional valid signatures were collected. That means a total of more than 406,000 valid signatures have been certified and met the necessary requirements.

The Voters First proposal aims to take away map-drawing powers from elected officials and put them in the hands of a 12-person citizen commission.

The Ohio Republican Party is fighting the measure. A party spokeswoman says given broad powers to unelected citizens amounts to taxation without representation.

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