Associated Press

COLUMBUS: An Ohio coalition of voter groups has been cleared to continue its push for a state constitutional amendment that would take away elected officials’ power to draw legislative and congressional districts.

The state alters legislative and U.S. House district boundaries every 10 years to reflect population shifts. New maps were put in place for this year’s elections.

The proposal would put district mapmaking in the hands of a 12-person citizen commission intended to reflect Ohio’s geographic, ethnic and political diversity. Lobbyists, donors and elected officials couldn’t apply.

Ohio’s attorney general ruled Thursday that the Voters First coalition could proceed with the effort.

The state Ballot Board must approve the proposal before supporters can start gathering the roughly 385,000 valid signatures needed for the issue to appear on fall ballots.