- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A bipartisan agreement to overhaul the way Ohio draws its legislative districts now goes to the voters.

A resolution to amend the Ohio Constitution with a new process cleared the Legislature on Wednesday.

The state alters district lines to reflect population shifts identified by the U.S. Census every 10 years. The process is called redistricting. Both political parties have acknowledged flaws in Ohio’s system, which is frequently criticized as partisan.

The measure would create a seven-member panel to redraw lines. Two minority-party votes would be needed to adopt the boundaries for the 10-year period. Lacking those votes, the majority could temporarily draw them under stricter rules.

Backers say the revamped process would create more competitive districts.

The proposal will be put before Ohio voters during the November 2015 election.

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