This tool lets you try drawing your own legislative map

Pictured is Ohio's congressional delegation as it has looked after the 2012, '14, '16, '18 and '20 elections.

The year 2021 will be an important one in Ohio politics. 

It’s a year of redistricting: the 16 Congressional districts will be redrawn, as will the 99 Ohio House of Representatives districts and the 33 Ohio Senate districts.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to draw these districts on a map of Ohio?

A free mapmaking website gives you a chance to try

DistrictR lets you draw maps for Congress, the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate. As you fill in the map, the site will show each drawn district’s estimated population.

A look at the DistrictR mapmaking tool.

Each district should try to feature a near-equal number of constituents and should be compactly drawn. If you really want to follow the rules, you can read up on Ohio’s redistricting criteria here.

The Ohio Capital Journal recently detailed what the 2021 redistricting process will look like.

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Tyler Buchanan
Tyler Buchanan is an award-winning journalist who has covered Ohio politics and government for the past decade. A Bellevue native and graduate of Bowling Green State University, he most recently spent 6 1/2 years as a reporter and editor of The Athens Messenger and Vinton-Jackson Courier newspapers. He is a member of the BG News Alumni Society Board and was a 2019 fellow in the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism.