Mon September 26, 2011
Voter Groups Say Ohio's Legislative Map Favors Republicans
Voter advocacy groups, including the League of Women Voters, have told a state panel that Republican-drawn boundaries for state legislative districts would further solidify the party's grip on the Ohio Legislature for years to come.
The groups testified Monday at a hearing of the Ohio Apportionment Board. The panel is charged with redrawing Ohio's legislative districts every 10 years to reflect changes in population after each census.
One GOP-drawn plan would pit three House Democrats against Republicans, and several other Democrats could potentially compete with one another in merged Democratic districts. The maps await the board's approval, which could come at their Wednesday meeting.
The Apportionment Board consists of four Republicans and one Democrat. It's chaired by Republican Gov. John Kasich, who says he supports the GOP staff's proposal.