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Coalition Submits 'Unity' Map To Ohio Redistricting Commission

The proposed Ohio House unity map was submitted to the state's redistricting commission.
The proposed Ohio House unity map was submitted to the state's redistricting commission.

A coalition of community groups are touting a map with newly drawn district lines for state lawmakers.

The citizen-led redistricting advocacy group, Ohio Citizens' Redistricting Commission, used input from more than 2,000 drafts to put out its rendering of new Ohio House and Ohio Senate districts.

Desiree Tims is a member of the Equal Districts Coalition, which includes nearly 30 groups such as Equality Ohio and the Ohio Education Association. Her coalition endorses the OCRC maps and said they hope the maps get consideration.

"Ohioans know their communities best. So the most accurate district map will be drawn from input from real Ohioans," Tims said.

The OCRC notes that the districts reflect how Ohio has split in recent statewide elections; about 54% Republican and 46% Democrat.

Of the 99 Ohio House districts drawn in their map, the OCRC has 55 districts that lean in a Republican candidate's favor and 44 districts that could lean for Democrats. In the Ohio Senate map proposal, 19 likely Republican seats and 14 likely Democrat seats.

A constitutional amendment approved in 2015 requires at least two votes from each party within the Ohio Redistricting Commission. Republicans hold the majority on the commission this year. If the Ohio Redistricting Commission's maps do not get bipartisan support, the group can approve maps that last four years instead of 10 years.

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Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.