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Voters First's big challenge: Finding more than 100,000 Ohio voters in just 10 days
Effort to remove politicians from drawing Ohio's political maps is falling way short
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Jo Ingles

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted says backers of a constitutional amendment to overhaul how political lines are drawn in Ohio are well short of the number of valid signatures they need to put the issue on the November ballot. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.

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Voters First, the group collecting signatures, needs 385,253 valid voter signatures to get the issue before voters this fall.  Secretary of State Jon Husted says the group has only collected less than two thirds of those  signatures statewide. 

The group also needs to collect enough valid signatures from at least 44 Ohio counties, and Husted says so far, the backers for the redistricting change have only met or exceeded that threshold in 34 counties.

Voters First now has 10 more days to make up the difference.  Group spokeswoman Ann Henkener says circulators never quit collecting signatures so her group already has more to submit.  The question is whether they will have enough valid signatures to certify the issue for this fall’s ballot.

The Voters First initiative would establish an independent board to draw congressional and legislative district boundaries, instead of leaving it up to whichever political party controls the Legislature and the state Apportionment Board.


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