Democrats Offer Different Redistricting Map

Sep 19, 2011

Ohio's Senate Democrats have introduced an alternative congressional map to the Republican plan passed out of the state House last week.

The Democratic legislation contains a map drawn by GOP Illinois state Rep. Mike Fortner, who won a mapping contest sponsored by a coalition of voter advocacy groups.

A spokesman for the Ohio Senate Democrats says the map keeps 79 of Ohio's 88 counties in single U.S. House districts and creates 11 competitive districts out of 16, compared with two in the GOP map.

Because of slow population growth in the last decade, Ohio is losing two of its current 18 congressional seats.

A spokesman for state Senate Republicans says he has not seen the map and didn't know if it would be considered in a Tuesday redistricting committee meeting.