- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An internal panel has concluded the Ohio Democratic Party should endorse a redistricting proposal appearing on fall statewide ballots.

The party screening committee voted Wednesday to urge party support for Issue 1. Its recommendation heads next to the party’s Executive Committee, which will take a final vote at its next meeting.

Democratic and Republican support for the redistricting measure had initially seemed guaranteed after state lawmakers struck an historic bipartisan deal last year that finally sent an agreeable compromise on legislative map-making to voters. The deal would reform a redistricting system widely criticized for fostering gerrymandering.

But some Democrats worried the proposed changes would disadvantage their party long term. Chairman David Pepper says the committee has now done “extensive due diligence.”

Ohio’s Republican Party has already voted to endorse the measure.



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