Ohio’s congressional maps, drawn every 10 years by the party in power, now include such a racial, economic and social imbalance that experts say it contributes both to gridlock in Congress and to a lack of understanding by elected representatives of the issues that matter to residents across the partisan divide.
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A tale of two districts
Speaker John Boehner, R-West Chester Twp.
61.9 percent Romney
12.6 percent minority
9.6 percent unemployment
14.6 percent in poverty
9.0 percent vacant homes
Marcia Fudge, D-Cleveland
82.8 percent Obama
61.7 percent minority
16.8 percent unemployment
26.9 percent poverty
19.5 percent vacant homes
“These lines are drawn surgically for political expedience. And anybody who tells you otherwise is not being forthright.”
Republican state Sen. Frank LaRose, R-Copley
To examine disparities in Ohio’s congressional districts, go to our interactive map at mydaytondailynews.com
“We should not be surprised that Washington doesn’t work, because we built a system to make it not work.”
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted
To do this story, the Dayton Daily News examined voting patterns in the 2012 election, and new data released from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey three-year estimates from 2010 to 2012. The data show how political maps drawn by Republicans in Ohio have divided the electorate along racial and socio-economic lines.