Unlikely allies unite on an Ohio ballot proposal to overhaul legislative map-drawing process

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Backers of an Ohio redistricting proposal that's been struggling to grab voter attention want people to know they've united some odd bedfellows.

The initiative labeled Issue 1 on Tuesday's ballot seeks to overhaul how the state draws legislative districts.

It's been endorsed by both Ohio State and Michigan fans, by both business and labor groups — and now by groups on both sides of the abortion debate: NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio and Ohio Right to Life.

The proposal would replace a redistricting system criticized for fostering gerrymandering by the majority party with a process described as more fair, bipartisan and transparent.

A seven-member commission of the governor, secretary of state, auditor and four legislative appointees would draw district boundaries. Two minority-party votes would be needed to adopt a 10-year legislative map.

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