Ohio loses 2 congressional districts; calls for redistricting

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Ohio is losing two congressional districts after the latest census report, that means lawmakers must re-draw congressional districts.

Hamilton county residents will get the opportunity today to speak with the House subcommittee on redistricting during a public meeting at the University of Cincinnati. Due to the lack of growth in the Southwest and Western parts of Ohio, the buckeye state will go from 18 districts to 16 before the 2012 general election. Currently the Republicans have control with 13 congressional seats to the Democrats five. Some believe Republican lawmakers will attempt to re-draw the lines to shield those 13 districts.

The re-drawing process began this summer, public meetings have been held in Cleveland, Columbus, and Zanesville. Future discussions threaten to drag well into 2012 to the point a bill in the House of Representatives would move the states 2012 primary election March to May to give politicians time to adjust to the new districts. The meeting in Cincinnati will take place at the Tangeman Center at 3:30 p.m., there is also a meeting in Lima Ohio.

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