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Gerrymandering's days coming to end

Editorials from around Ohio

Published: June 15, 2017 4:00 AM

History ought to teach politicians that what goes around, comes around, at least when gerrymandering is involved. It is a lesson they never seem to absorb. ...

Reinforcing the impression Republicans who control the General Assembly tinkered with district lines to favor their party is the fact that 12 of the state's members of the House of Representatives are Republicans. Just four Democrats serve.

In 2015, Buckeye State voters said they wanted a more equitable redistricting system -- but only for districts from which members of the General Assembly are chosen. More than 71 percent of voters agreed to a constitutional amendment setting up the Ohio Redistricting Commission for that purpose.

The new system includes requirements for bipartisanship in setting legislative district boundaries. Clearly, it is a giant step away from gerrymandering.

But it does nothing about congressional districts.

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Now, it appears voters will be asked next year to approve a new amendment, to use the same system to set congressional district boundaries.

That appears to be a needed reform. ...

Ohioans have changed that for General Assembly districts. It's time to move on to congressional seats.

-- The Marietta Times


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