Congressional Reform Measure Mirrors State Reform Measure Approved by 71% of the Voters in 2015
Columbus, OH— Less than a week after the Ohio Attorney General rejected a ballot summary to create fair congressional districts across the state, the Fair Congressional Districts for Ohio Ballot Committee submitted an amended ballot summary, the original reform ballot language, and more than triple the required one thousand signatures from voters.
The Fair Congressional Districts for Ohio initiative mirrors the legislative redistricting reform plan that Ohio voters endorsed by a vote of 71-29 percent in 2015, applying it to Ohio’s Congressional Districts.
“In only four days, over a hundred redistricting reform advocates collected more than 3,000 signatures from 32 counties around the state,” said Carrie Davis of the League of Women Voters of Ohio. “This shows just how broad and deep the passion runs to end gerrymandering in Ohio once and for all.”
“Redistricting reformers from all over Ohio came together to quickly collect enough signatures to submit the updated summary,” said Catherine Turcer of Common Cause Ohio.
“In 2015, voters in every county across Ohio overwhelmingly supported state legislative redistricting reform. What’s good for the Statehouse is good for Congress. It’s time to end the manipulation of congressional districts because they warp the outcomes of elections.”
The partisan makeup of congressional districts perfectly predicted the political party of the winner in every single Ohio congressional race since 2012. In 2016, every Ohio congressional incumbent won, with an average margin of victory of 36.3 points.
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.
Petitions were submitted from the following counties: Adams, Ashtabula, Athens, Butler, Clark, Cuyahoga, Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Geauga, Greene, Hamilton, Knox, Lake, Lawrence, Licking, Lorain, Lucas, Mahoning, Marion, Mercer, Montgomery, Pike, Portage, Scioto, Stark, Summit, Union, Warren and Wood.
For more information about the proposal, visit the Fair Districts = Fair Election Coalition’s website fairdistrictsohio.org.
Contact: Catherine Turcer, Common Cause Ohio at 614-579-5509.