Let’s stop the politicians from going into the backrooms to create districts that benefit themselves!
To ensure that future redistricting is done in a fair and nonpartisan way, we need to amend Ohio’s Constitution — a difficult, but not impossible task. 385,253 signatures from registered voters would place a Constitutional amendment on next November’s ballot. And we are seeing more and more successful petition drives. Amendments to the Constitution can also be put to a vote of the people by the Ohio General Assembly. Three fifths of both chambers (House & Senate) need to pass a proposed Constitutional amendment.
A number of our partners are exploring what we would like to see in a proposed Constitutional amendment. Including:
• Creates an Ohio Citizens Redistricting Commission consisting of private citizens
• Requires an open and transparent redistricting process which prevents districts from being drawn in backrooms
• Prevents counties, cities, and townships from being unnecessarily split apart into separate districts
• Requires politically balanced districts which do not unnecessarily favor any political party
• Prohibits adopting a plan intended to favor or disfavor a political party, incumbent, or candidate
• Takes politicians out of the redistricting process
Check out the following for more information:
- Let’s put the voters first – a one page information sheet about the reform effort
- Summary of the proposed constitutional amendment
- Actual language of the proposed constitutional amendment
For more information, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nonpartisan, not bipartisan
Some in the Legislature have recognized that the system needs reformed, although it is highly unlikely that the Legislature will solve this on their own. Rather, they will endlessly study the issue and never come to agreement. Those legislators who are pushing reform sent a letter to legislative leadership endorsed a bipartisan reform which would still have politicians drawing the lines, ie – the fox guarding the hen house. Politicians have a conflict of interest and an incentive to agree to sweetheart deals which favor themselves. A better reform is to remove the politicians and other political insiders from the process, by having lines drawn by an independent nonpartisan citizens commission. For more info, see below.