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Ohio Issue 2, Redistricting Commission (1981)

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The Ohio Redistricting Commission Amendment, also known as Issue 2, was on the November 3, 1981 ballot in Ohio as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was defeated.[1] This amendment would have moved redistricting authority from the Ohio General Assembly to a state Redistricting Commission.

Election results

Ohio Issue 2 (1981)
Defeatedd No1,513,50258.06%
Yes 1,093,485 41.94%

Election results via: Ohio Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[2]

Proposed Constitutional Amendment
To amend Section 2 of Article II of the Constitution of the State of Ohio and repeal existing Article XI and adopt a new Article XI of the Constitution of the State of Ohio.

This proposed amendment would:

  1. Abolish the present methods of establishing general assembly and congressional districts, and create the Commission for Reapportionment and Redistricting.
  2. Require the governor to divide townships, municipal corporations, federal census tracts, and enumeration districts whose population exceeds 5,000; and make geographic and census data available to the public.
  3. Allow anyone to submit plans for congressional and general assembly districts to the commission.
  4. Require each district created by a plan to be composed of contiguous territory and bounded by a single, nonintersecting, continuous line with no requirement that plans preserve geographic integrity of any existing county or any township, municipal corporation, federal census tract, or enumeration district containing a population in excess of 5,000.
  5. Require the commission to determine whether plans submitted meet standards of population equality.
  6. Require the commission to adopt from among the qualifying plans for congressional and general assembly districts those plans that are most compact, unless rejected by unanimous vote of the commission.

Shall the proposed amendment be adopted?[3]

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