Ohio Secretary of State's Office
 Jon Husted & the Office  |  Elections & Voting  |  Campaign Finance  |  Legislation & Ballot Issues  |  Businesses  |  Records  |  Media Center  |  Publications 
Return to the Media Center Landing pageReturn to the Media Center Landing pageMedia CenterMedia CenterMedia Center

Media CenterMedia CenterPrinter Friendly Page

Monday, August 15, 2011


Data and software now available to Ohioans seeking to create and submit redistricting plans


COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced that visitors to www.ReshapeOhio.org now have the ability to draw new state and congressional district boundaries using 2010 U.S. Census data and the web-based, map drawing program Maptitude.

“ReshapeOhio.org provides an opportunity to educate the public about the redistricting process and makes universally available the same technology the Apportionment Board and General Assembly will be using to develop their maps,” Husted said. “It is my hope that Ohioans will engage and provide their input to this very important process.”

ReshapeOhio.org is sponsored by Secretary Husted, the Legislative Task Force on Redistricting and the Ohio Apportionment Board and was unveiled during the first meeting of the Apportionment Board. It is meant to serve as a guide for those wishing to learn more about the two parallel, but separate processes for creating new General Assembly and Congressional districts for Ohio based on the latest Census data. Additionally, as of today, visitors to the site will be able to use what they have learned while exploring the site to create and if they choose, submit a plan for new General Assembly districts for consideration by the Apportionment Board.

Under the Apportionment Board’s rules, maps must be submitted no later than noon on September 23, 2011 to be considered. Those submitting maps will be required to furnish 10 paper copies and one electronic copy to the Apportionment Board via the Ohio House Clerk’s Office, Ohio Statehouse, 2nd Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215. Plans must include a visual representation and legal definitions of those districts and should be completed for the entire state, that is, including all districts. The only exception applies to those submitting stand-alone minority districts, though these submissions must also include both a visual representation and legal definitions of the proposed boundaries of all districts in the county or counties which would contain the proposed minority districts. For more information about the submission process and available technical support, visit www.ReshapeOhio.org.

While there is no formal submission process for submitting congressional district plans to the General Assembly, the software and data on ReshapeOhio.org is also conducive for those who want to provide input to their own state legislators who will have a vote on the final Congressional district maps.

“ReshapeOhio.org was a priority for me because the redistricting process will have a great impact on Ohio’s future, including the leaders it elects and the policies on which we embark as a state and nation,” Husted said. “The challenges we face in this country require an engaged and informed public and we hope this public process will provide another important means to that end.”

Enactment of Ohio’s congressional districts by the Ohio General Assembly and of state legislative districts by the State Apportionment Board occurs every 10 years following the decennial Census. While there is no legal deadline for congressional lines, state legislative maps must be completed by October 5, 2011 per the Ohio Constitution.


For more information, contact matt McClellan at 614-995-2168 or mmcclellan@ohiosecretaryofstate.gov.


Stay Connected
Follow our office
Facebook Follow OhioSOSHusted on Twitter YouTube
The Ohio Channel Ohio Secretary of State's office RSS Feeds

 Privacy  |  Contact Us  |  State of Ohio

Created 2011

Footer Fade Left  Footer Seal  Footer Fade Right

Jon Husted & the Office

Contact Us
Duties & Responsibilities
Media Center


Ohio Military Votes
Ohio Business Profile
Reshape Ohio
Vote in Honor of a Veteran
Founding Fathers
Shielding Our Protectors
Be a P.E.O. in Ohio

Legislation & Ballot Issues

Putting an Issue on the Ballot
Ohio Ballot Board
Bill Effective Dates


Register to Vote / Update Your Address
Voting Absentee
FAQs About Voting
About This Election
Voters With Disabilities
Uniformed & Overseas Citizens Absentee Voters (UOCAVA)
Rights & Responsibilities

Elections Results & Data

Elections Officials

County Board Directory
Directives, Advisories, Memos & Tie Votes
Forms & Petitions
Precinct Election Officials
County Voting Equipment

National Voter Registration Act


Election Calendar
Candidate Requirement Guide
Forms & Petitions
District Maps

Campaign Finance

Search Candidates & Committees
File Online

Business Services

Ohio Business Central
Business Name Search
Guide to Name Availability
Filing Forms & Fee Schedule
Business Filing Notification System
Ohio Business Profile

Uniform Commercial Code

File Online
Search Filings
UCC Forms & Fees

Business Information

Starting a Business
Expedite Your Filing
Business Identity Theft
Certificates of Good Standing
Prepayment Accounts
Request a Report
Glossary of Business Entities


Apostilles & Certifications
Notary Public
Search Notaries
Minister License
Search Ministers
Forms & Fees
Non-Resident Alien Land
Debarred Contractors

Historical Documents

Laws of Ohio
Ohio Constitution
Profile Ohio