In a Break From Partisan Rancor, Ohio Moves to Make Elections More Competitive

The New York Times
By Trip Gabriel
12/20/14

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Of 435 House races in November, only a few dozen were considered competitive — a result of decades of drawing district lines for partisan advantage, generally by state legislatures. But in an era of hyperpartisan gerrymandering, which many blame for the polarization of state and national politics, Ohio took a step in the opposite direction last week. With the support of both parties, the Ohio House gave final approval Wednesday to a plan to draw voting districts for the General Assembly using a bipartisan process, intended to make elections more competitive…The plan explicitly prohibits maps drawn to favor or disfavor one party… (more)