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
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