The Fair Congressional Districts for Ohio Ballot Committee statement on the Attorney General’s disapproval of the ballot summary:
Columbus, OH--We are disappointed that our summary was rejected by the Ohio Attorney General. The denial of the summary by the Attorney General was due to a technicality in which we did not explicitly state that the Ohio Supreme Court would have exclusive jurisdiction over challenges, and that the bipartisan Ohio Redistricting Commission would be reconstituted if a congressional redistricting plan or map is deemed not to be valid.
Today’s denial by the Attorney General is merely a speedbump on the road to reform.
The Fair Congressional Districts for Ohio ballot committee remains committed to redistricting reform because Ohio’s congressional districts are some of the most intricately and egregiously gerrymandered in the country. The manipulation of districts warps the outcome of congressional elections and creates “safe” seats protecting incumbents, making it nearly impossible for voters to hold our elected officials accountable.
It is not unusual for summaries to be rejected once before final approved by the Attorney General.
The Fair Congressional Districts for Ohio Ballot Committee is comprised of Carrie Davis of the League of Women Voters of Ohio, Catherine Turcer of Common Cause Ohio and Heather Taylor- Miesle of the Ohio Environmental Council.
For more information about the proposal, visit the Fair Districts = Fair Election Coalition’s website fairdistrictsohio.org.
Contact: Catherine Turcer, Common Cause Ohio, 614-579-5509.