Every ten years after the census is taken, congressional and state legislative boundaries are redrawn. In Ohio that task belongs to state legislators. After the 2010 election the GOP assumed control of the governorship and both chambers of the state legislature in Ohio. Ohio Republicans were heavily criticized by Democrats over how boundaries were redrawn. Particular emphasis was given to how the districts of Marcy Kaptur and Dennis Kucinich were merged. Kaptur defeated Kucinich in a primary in March. She is widely expected to win in November and go on to represent a congressional district that stretches from Toledo to Cleveland.
On the ballot in November is Issue 2 which if passed would create a 12 person commission that would be authorized to redraw congressional and state legislative boundaries in the future. Democrat Matthew Szollosi of House District 49 is in favor of Issue 2. "I strongly support Issue 2, because I believe the process of redrawing congressional and legislative maps is broken in the state of Ohio," Mr. Szollosi said. Republican Randy Gardner of House District 6 agrees reform is needed but Issue 2 is not the way to achieve it. "I am going to vote no on Issue 2 because I think this proposal is not well though out, it's cumbersome and potentially expensive," Mr. Gardner said.
If Issue 2 passes the 12 person commission would be made up of 4 Republicans, 4 Democrats and 4 non-partisan Ohio citizens.