It's time to end gerrymandering in Ohio. For good.
THE PROBLEM: GERRYMANDERING
GERRYMANDERING: is when electoral districts are drawn by incumbent politicians to maintain their power, with the intention of influencing elections to their advantage.
MAIN GOAL OF GERRYMANDERING: For the political party in power to maintain their power by rigging districts in their favor.
HOW RIGGED DISTRICTS HURT OUR
Democracy works when citizens choose their representatives, but gerrymandering takes power from the people and lets representatives choose their voters.
Gerrymandering is a way to rig political outcomes by creating districts that always vote for the same political party.
It allows the party in charge to stay in charge by weakening the power of the opposing party, and making individual voters less impactful.
The more this happens, the more untouchable legislators become.
Gerrymandering distorts democracy, leading to political outcomes
and policy decisions that aren’t what the majority of voters actually want.
HOW WE FIX THIS
Ohioans overwhelmingly support fair districting. We've passed two constitutional amendments in 2015 and 2018 to reform electoral map making, but Ohio politicians and lobbyists keep finding ways to manipulate the laws in their favor.
The solution? Get politicians out of the process.
In 2024, we have the chance to pass a constitutional amendment that would give citizens the power. The Citizens Not Politicians amendment puts people first, not politicians' self-interest.
YOU CAN HELP
Politicians got us into this mess, but Ohio citizens will get us out of it.
Fair Districts and other redistricting reform organizations are people-powered, and we're excited to have you join the fight for our democracy.
We are working with the Citizens Not Politicians campaign to collect signatures across the state. Sign up to get training on petition collection, all-purpose volunteering, and how to be a redistricting ambassador.
Check our events calendar for event updates (coming soon).
WHO WE ARE
Fair Districts Ohio is a coalition of grassroots organizations committed to fairer state legislative and congressional maps. We are a non-partisan team of voting rights experts and organizations working to create a better and more equitable representational democracy. The coalition is led by Common Cause Ohio
and the League of Women Voters of Ohio, and joined by the Ohio A. Philip Randolph Institute, the Ohio Council of Churches, the Ohio Voter Rights Coalition, and other good government organizations.
See all that you can do to support the Citizens Not Politicians initiative