OH voter coalition pushes redistricting amendment


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio coalition of voter groups has submitted initial paperwork as it pushes for a constitutional amendment that would take away elected officials' power to draw legislative and congressional districts.

The state alters legislative and U.S. House district boundaries every 10 years to reflect population shifts. New maps were put in place for this year's elections.

The proposal would put district mapmaking in the hands of a 12-person citizen commission intended to reflect Ohio's geographic, racial, ethnic and political diversity. Lobbyists, donors and elected officials couldn't apply.

The coalition called Voters First submitted an initial 1,700 signatures and its proposed summary wording to Ohio's attorney general on Monday. They need his approval before gathering the roughly 386,000 valid signatures needed by July for the topic to appear on fall ballots.