COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Backers of a proposal to change Ohio’s troubled political mapmaking system will finally be able to start gathering signatures, after clearing a second round of state approvals Monday.
Citizens Not Politicians now has until July 3 to collect roughly 414,000 signatures required to put its constitutional amendment before voters in November 2024. Supporters are expected to fan out across the state beginning this week to try to make next fall’s statewide ballot.
Their proposal would replace the current Ohio Redistricting Commission, made up of three statewide officeholders and four state lawmakers, with an independent body selected directly by citizens. The new panel’s members would be diversified by party affiliation and geography.
The effort has experienced repeated delays. It began with of objections to their petition language by Republican Attorney General Dave Yost before wording was . The Ohio Ballot Board then the measure in October, only for organizers to discover they had made a single-digit typo in a date.