Husted Says Pressure from Congress is Stalling Change in Ohio's Political Map-Making

Apr 7, 2016

Secretary of State Jon Husted has been pushing for changes in congressional redistricting for years.
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Gov. John Kasich hit at least one big issue that Republican lawmakers were not on board with: congressional redistricting. But one of the top advocates for changing how Ohio draws its political maps says Kasich has given the issue new momentum.

Ohio lawmakers draw the Congressional map for the state in what had been a fiercely partisan process.
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  Kasich came out strong against gerrymandering, the practice of drawing voting district lines to give one political party an advantage over another.

Secretary of State Jon Husted, who’s been pushing for congressional redistricting changes for years, says state legislators aren’t enthusiastic about the idea partly because they face pressure from their congressional counterparts.

“Those are not the kind of conversations if you’re a legislator that you want to have because the top federal elected official in your district doesn’t want you to have them.”

Republican legislative leadership shied away from taking a stance following Kasich’s address by saying they'll have to study or consider it.