Signature collection can begin for Ohio redistricting reform

Signature collection can begin for Ohio redistricting reform

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A proposed constitutional amendment would eliminate politicians from the redistricting process in Ohio.

Five years after Ohioans overwhelmingly voted to fix the redistricting process, a new group says the actual solution is replacing politicians with average citizens. On Thursday, it got the green light to collect signatures for the 2024 ballot.

Citizens Not Politicians, spearheaded by former Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, wants to remove politicians from the process of drawing new statehouse and congressional maps and replace them with a 15-member citizen commission.

The group argues that the current Ohio Redistricting Commission has gerrymandered districts and failed voters − even though Republicans and Democrats recently approved new statehouse districts.

On Thursday, the Ohio Ballot Board led by Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose unanimously approved the proposed constitutional amendment as one issue instead of dividing it into multiple measures.

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