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Issue 2 Loses Big At The Polls
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A proposed constitutional amendment that would have taken redistricting powers away from state lawmakers and given them to a new citizen commission has been turned down by Ohio voters.
Opponents of the redistricting amendment â€“ the Ohio Republican Party, along with business and socially conservative groups â€“ raised more than $7 million to fight it.
Coalition spokesman Carlo LoParo says everyone agrees that the map drawing process can be improved, and this complicated and convoluted issue didnâ€™t do it.
â€œThe voters took a look at the issue and decided itâ€™s not a better solution than the current plan. If we improve the system, we should at least improve the part of the system that everybody has a concern with,” LoParo said.
Issue 2 was backed by Democrats and union groups. Spokesman Brian Rothenberg says the other side ran a deceptive campaign, but it wasnâ€™t a waste.
â€œThey admitted there is a problem with the system. And the day will come when people will have a voice in their government again,” said Rothenberg.
Rothenberg says now Issue 2â€™s supporters will pressure lawmakers to have conversations on how to change redistricting now, and not wait till the next maps are drawn.