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How many Republicans and Democrats can you shove into a congressional district?


Heavy hitters like Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted want the state legislature to change Ohio picks its members of Congress.

Here are 5 things to know about congressional redistricting reform in Ohio

1. Didn’t Ohio already do this? No. Ohio voters in 2015 approved a constitutional amendment changing how state legislative lines are drawn but weren’t given the choice for congressional districts.

2. What is the fight about? Reformers say Ohio’s congressional districts are politically gerrymandered to give Republicans an unfair advantage. Others say Ohio’s system works fine and voters can decide every two years who to elect.

RELATED: A brief history on how this mess works

RELATED: Gov. Kasich has been considering action on this for a while

3. Why does it matter? Some say districts with a more diverse political mix are more fair, would decrease partisanship and give voters more choice in their leaders.

4. Why is this an issue? Ohio’s voters are about evenly divided politically but the 2011 redistricting created a majority of districts strongly favoring Republicans, giving the state a Congressional delegation that is 75 percent Republican and 25 percent Democratic.

5. What happens next? A coalition is trying to get the legislature to put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot.  Kasich says he will work with legislative leaders on the issue.

We’ll have more to this story online Saturday



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