Newspapers around the state reacted to the redistricting compromise agreed to by House Democrats yesterday. Common themes included relief at the end of a “long, messy process” (Columbus Dispatch) marred by “political wrangling and voter confusion” (Toledo Blade).
“The pact… consolidates what would have been two primaries into one on March 6. Holding one primary will save taxpayers an estimated $15 million” notes Aaron Marshall of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
On a local level, several constituencies saw improvements over the previous redistricting map. “The city of Toledo will be represented by two members of the U.S. House instead of three,” says the Blade, while the Dayton Daily News observes that “A major change in the new map from one passed in September was putting all of Montgomery County in one congressional district.”
Read the full articles:
“State will have one primary March 6,” Columbus Dispatch
“Redrawn map puts Toledo in 2 districts instead of 3,” Toledo Blade
“Ohio lawmakers reach deal on congressional redistricting and single primary election,” Cleveland Plain Dealer
“State, with 16 new U.S. House districts, will have 1 primary next year,” Dayton Daily News