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Ohio Dems consider a ballot challenge against maps

Sarah Weber • Sep 15, 2011 at 11:50 AM

The chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party says the organization is considering launching a ballot repeal effort against a Republican-drawn congressional map, should it clear the GOP-controlled Legislature.

Chairman Chris Redfern said he plans Wednesday to hold a call with Democrats to discuss their options. He says he's also gauging support for a referendum among progressive organizations and other groups.

The map faces an expected Wednesday vote by an Ohio House committee.

Critics say the map packs Ohio's Democrats into four districts to create 12 districts that favor GOP candidates. Redfern called the map "dizzingly gerrymandered."

The Legislature must redraw current congressional boundaries by December with two fewer districts because of Ohio's declining population.

Ohio House Elections Committee Chairman Matt Huffman defends the proposed boundaries, saying they follow the law.

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