Fair Districts Campaign Updates
As we head into the holiday season, we wanted to share a few updates with you
what Fair Districts = Fair Elections has accomplished this year with your support.
We need to keep this great work going! T
he 5 percent
is a minimum, not a stopping point
, and we'll need more than that
to reach the overall requirement of 305,
keep collecting signatures in every county, including those that have shown early enthusiasm
by reaching the 5 percent
continue to rise
at an amazing pace
we can only report the signatures that have been turned in and processed.
volunteers across the state have been doing such great work that we know there must be more signatures in petition books just waiting to be counted.
Not sure where to turn petitions in?
Redistricting Reform Spotlight
from Upper Arlington has been inspiring many of us to work harder! Linda helped design a T-shirt that asks the obvious question "What's wrong with this picture?"
Read more about Linda here
If you know a redistricting reformer that has been inspiring, please send an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can highlight your stories on the website and on social media!
As the end of the year approaches and
us make year-end charitable gifts, please consider making a donation
to the Fair Districts campaign.
Donations to campaigns are not tax deductible, but they make a big difference towards a fairer Ohio. All donations made through
will be reported at the next
in January --
and opponents and potential supporters alike will be watching closely
to see how formidable our campaign really is. Consider also talking with family and friends about the importance of
and how much we need their support as well.
Fair Congressional Districts for Ohio
League of Women Voters of Ohio
100 E. Broad St., Suite 1310
Latest from the legislature
Reports have surfaced that
legislative leaders may be nearing agreement on a redistricting reform proposal
that could be passed by the legislature in January in
order to appear before voters at the May primary election.
However, with a deadline of February 7 for the legislature to place an issue on the primary ballot and both chambers likely on holiday recess until January 17, they are left with little time to pass a plan.
It is essential that any legislative proposal puts forward real reform, has strong bipartisan support, and that legislative hearings are held on the proposal before a vote - after all, we don't want gerrymandering reform to be drawn as a back-room deal, since that's how we ended up with such unfair districts. Given those uncertainties, it is critical to keep collecting signatures so our plan serves as a backstop and a reminder that we know what real reform looks like and will accept nothing less.
Special Ohio Public Radio Series on Gerrymandering in Ohio
Starting Monday, December 18, WKSU and Ohio Public Radio are running a series of public radio stories on gerrymandering and how it impacts Ohio
Tune in or listen online
An important part of our legislative strategy is continuing to
to keep up
for real reform
weather getting colder and
earnest, we must shift our collection strategy, but there are still many opportunities to interact with more voters!
Holiday community events and craft markets can be a great way to meet new people who have not already signed the petition. Some events may allow you to c
inside, or you can alternate between collecting and taking in the holiday spirit yourself.
Some volunteers have found success in partnering with small business owners who support redistricting reform, setting up a table inside a local coffee shop or grocery store.
Or maybe a Happy Hour at your favorite craft brewery!
Political rallies and protests can be a great place for collecting, from tax bill events to net neutrality protests to a possible second Women's March
Letter- or postcard-writing events can d
ouble as a way to pressure legislators
in people who may not have signed the petition already
, or who want to learn more and circulate petitions themselves
Volunteers from across the state are talking about these and other ideas, plus sharing best practices, answers to common questions, and funny stories on our Facebook group, so
join us there
Yours in League,
|Mary Kirtz Van Nortwick
If you are contacting
the Fair Districts office at
35 E. Gay St., Suite 404 in Columbus
, please know that office will not be open if Columbus City Schools is closed due to inclement weather.
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