Legislative Competition Winners

1st place: Mike Fortner

Mike Fortner's Winning Senate Map
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Ohio House Map
Ohio House Cuyahoga county Map
Ohio House Franklin County Map
Ohio House Hamilton County Map
Ohio House Montgomery County Map
Ohio House Summit County Map
Ohio House Lucas County Map
Mike Fortner’s House Stats, part 1
Mike Fortner’s House Stats, part 2

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Ohio Senate Map
Ohio Senate Cuyahoga County Map
Ohio Senate Franklin County Map
Ohio Senate Hamilton County Map
Ohio Senate Montgomery County Map
Mike Fortner’s Senate Summit County Map
Mike Fortner’s Senate Lucas County Map
Mike Fortner’s Senate Stats

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2nd Place: Tim Clarke

Ohio House Map
Ohio House Cuyahoga County Map
Ohio House Franklin County Map
Ohio House Hamilton County Map
Ohio House Montgomery County Map
Ohio House Summit County Map
Ohio House Lucas County Map
Tim Clarke’s House Stats, part 1
Tim Clarke’s House Stats, part 2

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Ohio Senate Map
Ohio Senate Cuyahoga County Map
Ohio Senate Franklin County Map
Ohio Senate Hamilton County Map
Ohio Senate Montgomery County Map
Ohio Senate Summit County Map
Ohio Senate Lucas County Map
Tim Clarke’s Senate Stats

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Current Districts

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10 Responses

  1. James Nicks says:

    The winners are good. Did they work Columbus and Cincinnati block by block with anchor-rectangle command?

    • Mike Fortner says:

      I used both the rectangle and polygon tool to move groups of blocks in Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Akron, Toledo, and Dayton. All these large cities were divided at the level of house districts. Because of the limit on the number of geographies that could be moved at once, it was the most time-consuming part of the process for me.

      The block-level district adjustment could be greatly improved if there was an additional layer between the mcdplaces and blocks. Either a layer for wards or VTDs (voter tabulation districts; i.e. precincts) would greatly help the software. A layer for wards would also allow the legislative competition to check for compliance with that part of the Ohio Constitution.

    • Jim Riley says:

      I created ward maps for Cleveland and (parts of) Columbus. You can use the copy and paste command to copy these into an other plan and then edit them into a district.

      So imagine if you had a plan in Cuyahoga County where you had created some districts in the suburbs, and wanted to add some of the Cleveland wards, or create districts entirely in Cleveland.

      You copy the Cleveland wards which creates 19 “house districts” in Cleveland, one for each ward. You lock all the wards you don’t want in your Cleveland district, and leave the wards you want in the district unlocked. You then selected Cleveland. When you do a selection it excludes areas inside locked districts, so this would select only the desired areas of Cleveland. This could then be assigned to a new district or dragged into a suburban district.

  2. [...] is a better way to draw districts, the Ohio Campaign for Accountable Redistricting unveiled the winner of its redistricting contest yesterday. The map contains 25 heavily competitive House districts, [...]

  3. Mary Brinovec says:

    I am confused. It still looks like it favors the Republicans then Democrats…..it does seem closer to even, but not sure if I am reading this right could you explain it better for those of us who are new to this.

    • Jim Slagle says:

      Fortner Map
      House — 49 districts favor Reps, 43 favor Dems, 7 even
      Senate — 15 districts favor Reps, 15 favor Dems, 3 even

      Clarke Map
      House — 51 districts favor Reps, 40 favor Dems, 8 even
      Senate — 17 districts favor Reps, 15 favor Dems, 1 even

      Current Map
      House — 60 districts favor Reps, 36 favor Dems, 3 even
      Senate — 20 districts favor Reps, 12 favor Dems, 1 even

      We determined the political index for Ohio and for each district using the 2008 Presidential race, and the 2010 Governor, Auditor, and Secretary of State races. This results in 51.4% Republican index statewide, which will result in slightly more districts leaning Republican than Democrat.

      There are additional documents on our website which go into more detail and breakdown the districts between strong Republican, lean Republican, Strong Democrat, and Lean Democrat.

  4. William says:

    I don’t see the new maps for the Akron 44th House or 28th Senate District?

  5. [...] and encourage reasonable political debate isn’t difficult, once the politics are removed.  The top-scoring map was drawn by Mike Fortner, a Republican state representative — from Illinois. His plan [...]

  6. [...] and cities, and created districts that were more compact and politically balanced. Here was winner Mike Fortner’s Ohio Senate map, compared with the Republican-dominated Redistricting Board’s final product (note [...]

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