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Under court order, Ohio's ballot board adopts new language
But Republicans say the constitutional amendment is impossible to make concise
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES
This story is part of a special series.


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The Ohio Ballot Board has changed the wording voters will see Nov. 6th on a plan to overhaul how Ohio draws its political maps.  The ballot board acted after the Ohio Supreme Court ruled this week that the original language picked by the board would mislead voters.

Democrats generally back the constitutional amendment to change who draws up the Congressional and legislative maps, and accused Republican members of the board of slanting the language against it. That debate continued at today’s meeting.

Republican board member Keith Faber says it’s impossible to make this issue easy to understand. 

FABER on complications

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“We can either put the complete language or do a summary. But if we do a summary, we can’t get it wrong. But if we do a summary at this point, I fear we will get it wrong because frankly, I didn’t draft the confusing selection process that’s in the constitutional amendment.         :20

But Ann Henkener with the group that’s backing the amendment, Voters First, says the board could have used shorter, more concise language, as the Supreme Court did.

HENKENER just use the court language
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“It was very easy for the court to do that. It seemed to be very confusing for the ballot board to be able to do that. It would have been very easy to adopt the court’s language. It was very clear.”           :11

The proposal would replace politicians with a citizens board to draw up the the political maps

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