Kasich wants an end to gerrymandering in Ohio
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Ohio Gov. John Kasich is pushing to change the way his state draws congressional districts. 

“I support redistricting reform dramatically,” the Republican presidential candidate said last week, according to The Columbus Dispatch. “This will be something I’m going to do whether I’m elected president or whether I’m here. We carve these safe districts, and then when you’re in a safe district you have to watch your extremes, and you keep moving to the extremes.” 


Ohio’s congressional districts are determined by the state Legislature, which can manipulate districts to favor the majority party. 

This has led to a number of districts that make little geographic sense and allow for few competitive races. They have given Republicans 12 of 16 seats, according to the Dispatch. 

“We need to eliminate gerrymandering,” Kasich said. “We’ve got to figure out a way to do it. We’ve got to have more competitive districts. That, to me, is what’s good for the state of Ohio and good for the country.” 

Kasich, however, may not get his way. 

Some state leaders have said they'd rather leave the current congressional and legislative maps in place until 2021, the next time districts will be redrawn.