by Carrie Davis, League of Women Voters of Ohio
The Fair Districts = Fair Elections Coalition was formed in August 2015 by good government groups, including the League of Women Voters of Ohio and Common Cause Ohio, to support passage of the 2015 state ballot Issue 1 to reform redistricting, which was placed on the ballot by the legislature. This bipartisan redistricting proposal created a fairer and more transparent process for drawing state legislative districts, but it did not include Congressional districts. Our work on redistricting reform led to 2015's state Issue 1 passing by a landslide 71.5% of the vote, winning by a wide majority in all of Ohio's 88 counties.
Ohio’s current winner-take-all method of Congressional district drawing leaves one political party in charge of mapmaking – that means district lines are manipulated to marginalize the other party and create elections where one party is virtually guaranteed to win. The Fair Districts = Fair Elections Coalition advocates for extending the state fair district rules approved in 2015 to Congress Too. We have urged the state legislature to place reform for Congress Too before voters, but, when the legislature refused to act, the Fair Districts = Fair Elections Coalition put forward a reform proposal.
We invited public comment on our proposal, and it has improved thanks to public input. Now we are asking community leaders and voters for their support and recommendations in Fair Districts for Congress Too.
The Fair Districts for Congress Too proposal:
How can you help?
Read more about the Fair Districts Coalition’s invitation for public input:
Editorials in support of Congressional Redistricting reform: