SEPT 14, 2011 - Map of former Ohio Congressional districts (Courtesy State of Ohio)
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COLUMBUS (AP) - Ohio voters have rejected a proposal to change the process for redrawing state legislative and congressional maps.
Issue 2 lost after a fight that pitted voter advocacy groups and unions against business interests and the Ohio Republican Party. Lawyers' groups split on the issue.
The constitutional amendment would have created a 12-member citizen commission to redraw Ohio's political districts every decade. It was prompted by discontent over the maps approved by the state Legislature in 2011.
Tuesday's vote leaves U.S. House maps in the hands of the state Legislature, and legislative districts in the hands of the five-member Ohio Apportionment Board.
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