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Between the Lines: New Ohio Map Has Plenty of Winners and Losers

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In Ohio’s redrawn Congressional map, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (above) was put in the same district as Rep. Marcy Kaptur.

Earlier this week, Secretary of State Ben Ysura reportedly called for a new bipartisan redistricting committee after the current panel failed to come to a consensus over the state’s new map.

The committee attempted to redraw Idaho’s two House seats and state Legislature maps. But it didn’t even come close to the state-mandated deadline last week.

Accordingly, Ysura alerted the media this week that he’s asked party leaders to appoint a new panel to draw the lines.

The Associated Press reported the new panel will convene Sept. 28.

Alabama: More States Bypassing DOJ for Pre-Clearance

State Attorney General Luther Strange filed a suit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking to have the state’s newly drawn Congressional boundaries approved for the 2012 elections.

Under Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, certain states are required to have either the Department of Justice or the D.C. district court give “pre-clearance” to new electoral maps. Most states submit directly to the DOJ, but with Democrats in control of the White House during redistricting for the first time since the landmark civil rights legislation went into effect, some states are looking to the courts for approval.

“I am hopeful that the new districts approved by the Legislature after much thought and deliberation will be precleared promptly,” Strange said in a statement.

Kyle Trygstad and Joshua Miller contributed to this report.

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