Ohio voters resoundingly defeat state Issue 1, 2

3:15 PM, Nov 7, 2012   |    comments
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COLUMBUS -- Voters overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to revamp the way Ohio draws state and congressional districts. That was Issue 2.

They also rejected Issue 1. That's where the Ohio Constitution dictates that every 20 years voters be asked whether they want to see a convention to revise or rewrite that document.

Ohioans have said "No" each time since 1932, the first time the question was posed.

In unofficial results, Issue 1 was defeated by a 68 percent to 32 percent margin; while Issie 2 was defeated by a 64 percent to 36 percent margin.

As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, several precints across the state have not been reported.

The defeat of Issue 2 is important. Issue 2 would have created a new citizens commission to draw districts in Ohio. But the complexity of the plan, and a hard-charging effort by Republicans to highlight what they saw as significant flaws in the proposal, helped drive its downfall.

The legislature has created a Constitutional Modernization Commission, consisting of 12 lawmakers and 20 "public" members, that will view changes to the constitution and make recommendations in the next decade.

Issue 2 began as an effort by a number of nonprofit groups including the League of Women Voters of Ohio to fix what they say is an unfair, highly partisan redistricting process that allows the majority party to gerrymander districts to its benefit.


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