Congressional Redistricting Reform Once Again Introduced by an Ohio Legislator – But Will It Go Anywhere?
This week, Ohio Senator Frank LaRose (R-Copley) introduced a joint resolution, SJR 3, proposing to amend the Ohio Constitution to change the rules for drawing Congressional districts.
Senator LaRose has been a steadfast advocate for redistricting reform – in fact he introduced one of the proposals last session that languished in the General Assembly – and we greatly appreciate his continued pursuit for reform.
During the legislative process, proposals tend to be rewritten and revised several times. So with that in mind, here are the specific elements the Fair Districts = Fair Elections Coalition believes are essential to include in any meaningful Congressional redistricting reform proposal:
While the Fair Districts = Fair Elections Coalition continues to support efforts to pass reform in the legislature, we will carefully scrutinize any proposal to ensure it includes these essential protections. However, that said, last session the legislature failed to move on any of the redistricting reform proposals, including LaRose’s.
Until the legislature passes a proposal to put meaningful reform before voters, the Fair Districts = Fair Elections Coalition will continue moving forward with a citizen initiative.
For those who have been asking, yes, there will be petitions coming, but we cannot give you an exact date to expect them. The campaign is moving forward – we have polling underway, we are aggressively fundraising because citizen initiatives are expensive, and we are recruiting and training field volunteers.
The best things people can do to help are to sign up for one of the many volunteer opportunities, donate, and spread the word urging others to sign on ---- info on all three can be found at www.fairdistrictsohio.org.