A deal has been reached on a Congressional redistricting plan.
Legislative Republicans have been pushing a plan for the May ballot, while citizens groups have been pushing a plan for the November ballot. Under the deal, the map drawing power stays with state lawmakers under new rules. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow explains.
In this proposal, the first three attempts by state lawmakers to draw a map require buy-in from the minority party. If a fourth round is needed, the majority can pass a map with strict requirements to avoid partisan gerrymandering. Right now Ohio has 12 Republican and 4 Democratic members of Congress, but Ohio will likely lose a seat in the next census.
A coalition of citizens’ groups was pushing its own ballot issue to change Congressional redistricting. The coalition’s Heather Taylor-Miesle says this sets Ohio up for a fairer map after the next census.
Taylor-Miesle: “I think in 2022 you’re gonna see a lot more competitive districts people are not going to be able to take their citizens for granted anymore.”
The proposal must be approved by lawmakers before going to the May ballot.