FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 30, 2017
Columbus, OH -- The Fair Congressional Districts for Ohio campaign applauded today’s unanimous approval by the Ohio Ballot Board, allowing the campaign to begin collecting signatures. The Fair Congressional Districts for Ohio ballot proposal is modeled on Issue 1, the legislative plan that won overwhelming, bipartisan approval from voters in 2015.
“Following today’s ballot board approval, we’re quickly on our way to giving Ohio voters an opportunity to vote on fair congressional representation across the state,” said Carrie Davis of the League of Women Voters of Ohio. “The Fair Congressional Districts for Ohio campaign seeks to amend the Ohio constitution to give voters a choice and a voice in our Congressional elections.”
Catherine Turcer, of Common Cause Ohio, recalled that voters in 2015 overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment imposing fair district rules for redrawing state legislative districts.
“We want to see fair districts rules for Congress too. If it’s good for the Statehouse, it is good for Congress,” Turcer said.
Currently, the state legislature is responsible for drawing congressional districts and bipartisan approval is not required. The proposed reform would go into effect the next time Congressional district lines are redrawn following the 2020 census.
“The Ballot Board approval puts us on pace to ensure Ohioans will have fair congressional districts and fair elections following the 2020 census,” said Heather Taylor-Miesle of the Ohio Environmental Council. “We’re eager to get to work collecting the required 305,591 signatures of Ohio voters in order to put congressional district reform on the ballot.”
The Fair Congressional Districts for Ohio Ballot Committee comprises 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 and upcoming events and trainings, visit the Fair Districts = Fair Election Coalition’s website fairdistrictsohio.org.
Contact: Catherine Turcer, Common Cause Ohio, 614-579-5509