Following the unanimous Ohio Ballot Board approval of the ballot initiative as one issue on May 30, the Fair Congressional Districts for Ohio Campaign Committee is officially beginning the signature collection drive this Thursday at the Ohio Statehouse.
The Bipartisan Congressional Redistricting Reform ballot proposal is modeled on 2015’s Issue 1, which won with overwhelming and bipartisan approval from voters, established the bipartisan Ohio Redistricting Commission, and created for rules for the Ohio General Assembly maps.
Currently, the state legislature is responsible for drawing Congressional districts and bipartisan approval is not required. Ohio’s congressional districts are among the most nation’s most gerrymandered. The proposed reform would give mapmaking authority to the Ohio Redistricting Commission and would go into effect the next time Congressional district lines are redrawn following the 2020 census.
With a requirement of collecting 305,591 signatures of registered voters in order to appear on the ballot, the Fair Congressional Districts for Ohio Committee and redistricting reform advocates from all over Ohio will work quickly to ensure Ohioans have an opportunity to vote for fair congressional mapmaking and more accountable representation.
WHAT: Fair Congressional Districts for Ohio Campaign signature collection kickoff event at the Statehouse..
WHEN: Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: The Ohio Statehouse in the Ladies’ Gallery
SPEAKERS: Ann Henkener, League of Women Voters of Ohio, Heather Taylor-Miesle,Ohio Environmental Council and Sam Gresham, Common Cause Ohio
There is also a kickoff event in Dayton on June 1.
WHAT: Miami Valley Fair Congressional Districts for Ohio Campaign signature collection kickoff.
WHEN: Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: The League of Women Voters of the Greater Dayton Area, 131 North Ludlow Street, Dayton, OH 45402.
SPEAKERS: Sue Hesselgesser, League of Women Voters of Greater Dayton Area, and Ellis Jacobs, attorney, Miami Valley Voter Protection Coalition
For more information about these events, please call Common Cause Ohio's Catherine Turcer at 614-579-5509.