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Groups behind redistricting amendment sue over misleading language
A member of Voters First says the language was made to be confusing so people will vote no
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE BUREAU CHIEF KAREN KASLER
This story is part of a special series.


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The coalition of Democratic-leaning groups behind a constitutional amendment to change the way lawmakers’ districts are drawn is suing over the way the amendment will appear on the ballot this fall. Sandy Theis with Voters First says the Republican-led panel that approves ballot language chose words that don’t explain the amendment fairly.

Theis on the redistricting amendment 1

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Theis on the redistricting amendment 2

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“The language is intentionally misleading and confusing, and when voters are confused they vote no, and the people who want to preserve the current unfair system are the people who want you to vote no.”

Issue 2 would do away with the state apportionment board, a group of elected officials that draws lines for state lawmakers, and would take the job of drawing Congressional district lines away from state lawmakers. Theis says the approved wording does not include the requirement that the districts be competitive and reflect the state’s political balance. Republicans and conservative groups have been fighting the Voters First issue, citing concerns of unaccountability, unlimited funding with taxpayer dollars, and arbitrary and inflexible eligibility rules.

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