Fair Districts = Fair Elections Coalition Takes First Step to Putting Congressional Redistricting Reform on the Ballot
After waiting patiently for legislative action, the Fair Districts = Fair Elections Coalition has decided to take congressional redistricting reform directly to the people.
For the past two weeks Coalition members quickly collected the first thousand valid signatures to kick off a congressional redistricting reform ballot campaign. Yesterday, these voters’ signatures, the proposal and the summary were submitted to the Attorney General.
This is the first step in the process of putting congressional redistricting reform before the voters.
A big thank you to those of you who collected the initial signatures!
Carrie Davis, Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of Ohio said, “This is a critical effort to ensure fair districts and fair elections for every congressional seat in Ohio. When members of Congress have safe seats drawn to guarantee which party wins, the real losers are the voters.”
In 2015, voters overwhelmingly supported the passage of state legislative redistricting reform. Issue 1 of 2015 passed by more than 70% and won in all 88 counties. Unfortunately, the Ohio General Assembly has not acted on the mandate to put congressional redistricting reform before the voters.
It’s a long road to the ballot but Ohioans are fortunate to have direct democracy!
After the summary is approved by the Attorney General and the Ballot Board to review the submission, we will being the large-scale signature-gathering effort.
We will need to collect 305,591 valid signatures of voters (in 44 of Ohio’s 88 counties five percent of total vote cast for the office of governor in that county in the last gubernatorial election).
It will take activists from all over the state to put congressional redistricting reform on the ballot. Sign up today to collect help collect signatures!
Summary of Proposed Amendment to the Ohio Constitution
By Catherine Turcer, Common Cause Ohio
After months of public comment, the Fair Districts = Fair Elections Coalition has finalized its congressional redistricting reform proposal.
The proposal is very similar to Issue 1 of 2015 that was passed by the voters in 2015. Issue 1 was passed by more than 71% and won in all 88 counties. What's good for the Statehouse is good for Congress!
The Fair Districts = Fair Elections Coalition has been waiting for the Ohio General Assembly to put congressional redistricting reform on the ballot, the way that they put on state legislative redistricting reform before the voters in 2015. Unfortunately, they have not acted leaving redistricting reformers with only one option-- a citizen-initated ballot measure.
The congressional redistricting reform proposal is simpler than Issue 1 of 2015 because citizen-initiated ballot measures are more likely to pass if easily digested. Congressional districts are smaller so the the focus of mapmaking is on the larger building blocks of counties.
Summary of the Proposed Amendment
Sign up for one of our many volunteer opportunities. If you have questions about volunteering, please email the Fair Districts = Fair Elections Coalition or give us a phone call.