There have been some
exciting developments on the redistricting reform front!
We are gratified that the legislature is finally taking this issue seriously.
While legislative leadership's public comments are a hopeful sign, we have to balance that hope with a realistic appraisal of the situation.
Despite voters' overwhelming passage of state redistricting reform in 2015, and our persistent lobbying, the legislature has thus far declined to act on any of the congressional redistricting reform proposals submitted in 2015, 2016, or 2017.
Until the legislature does more than talk, we need to continue pushing forward with our Fair Congressional Districts for Ohio initiative.
That said, we have always supported a legislative solution and continued to lobby for reform in the legislature. However, we will carefully scrutinize any proposal to ensure it puts forward real reform, not just pay lip service to the problem.
Bipartisan support must be required for a map to be enacted, with no single-party "out."
No plan shall favor or disfavor a political party or candidate, and
district maps should permit fair representation of voters from all parties.
Districts should keep communities whole by not splitting up counties, cities, or townships.
4. The process should be
transparent and allow public input on proposed maps before a vote.
Until the legislature passes a proposal to put meaningful reform before voters, we will continue moving forward with a citizen initiative in order to make sure reform is enacted before the next time Congressional districts are redrawn. So keep collecting signatures!
Thank you for taking action.
LWVO Advocacy Team