Redistricting

Politics
2:46 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Washington Gridlock Rooted In Gerrymandering

Maps showing demographic differences between Ohio's congressional districts
Credit Dayton Daily News

The way states draw congressional districts may be a contributing factor to the dysfunction of today's political climate, according to an investigation by the Dayton Daily News published earlier this week. While gerrymandering is nothing new, it's now much easier.

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Politics
8:04 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Ohio Senate Wants to Change Redistricting Process

A bipartisan proposal to change the way Ohio draws state legislative and congressional lines has cleared the state Senate with almost unanimous support.

The resolution would create a seven-member commission to draw all maps, and at least one minority party member would have to approve the boundaries.

The House isn't expected to act on the proposal and that chamber's vote is needed to put the measure before voters.

Sen. Frank LaRose, a co-sponsor, said the Senate plan could serve as a roadmap for discussion next year.

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Election 2012
6:05 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Issue 2 - The Redistricting Amendment - Fails Big

Both the statewide issues failed. Issue 1 would have convened a constitutional convention, and state lawmakers were hoping it wouldn’t pass so they could continue with an appointed commission which will make recommendations on changes to the constitution. And Issue 2 would have taken the power to draw the maps for state and federal lawmakers out of legislators’ hands and put it with a 12-member citizens’ panel.

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Election 2012
5:17 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Ohio Voters Reject New Political Mapmaking Panel

Ohio voters have rejected a proposal to change the process for redrawing state legislative and congressional maps.

Issue 2 lost after a fight that pitted voter advocacy groups and unions against business interests and the Ohio Republican Party. Lawyers' groups split on the issue.

The constitutional amendment would have created a 12-member citizen commission to redraw Ohio's political districts every decade. It was prompted by discontent over the maps approved by the state Legislature in 2011.

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Origins Podcast
9:00 am
Sun January 15, 2012

Re-Mapping American Politics: The Redistricting Revolution Fifty Years Later

The 1812 political cartoon that led to the coining of the term Gerrymander.

Alongside the Presidential nomination process, the most prominent American political news stories these days are about the heated, high-stakes struggles over redistricting. The modern era of reapportioning state and federal legislative districts began almost exactly a half century ago when the U.S. Supreme Court decided Baker v. Carr (1962).

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