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New way to draw Ohio political maps on fall ballot

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - One of the ballot issues before Ohio voters next month is a proposal to change the process for redrawing the state's political districts.

Issue 2 proposes a 12-member commission of state residents to re-draw Ohio's legislative and congressional maps every 10 years.

Most agree Ohio's current redistricting system needs repair, but there's debate over whether Issue 2 offers the right fix.

Proponents say the amendment would remove self-interested politicians from the process. Opponents say appointed commissioners would be unaccountable to voters.

Another issue on the ballot asks if residents want to call a constitutional convention. The question listed as Issue 1 comes up every 20 years by law, and has been defeated the last four times.

Ohio's last constitutional convention was in 1912.

Online:

Voters First Ohio (pro Issue 2): http://www.votersfirstohio.com

Protect Your Vote Ohio (anti Issue 2): http://www.VoteNoOn2.com

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