Board Approves Longer Description of Amendment

Sep 13, 2012

Ohio voters will see an expanded description of a proposed redistricting amendment on fall ballots, but the issue's backers say the language is still cumbersome.
 
The Ohio Ballot Board agreed in a party-line vote Thursday to new ballot language for Issue 2. The vote came a day after the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the wording was incomplete and inaccurate.
 
Secretary of State Jon Husted's office proposed adding paragraphs of exact phrasing from the amendment. Democrats and the group behind the proposal said a more concise, clear summary was possible.
 
Husted said that approach risked not pleasing the court and delaying distribution of ballots in the key battleground state.
 
The proposal shifts power for drawing Ohio's legislative and congressional districts from elected officials to an appointed 12-member commission.