Ohio Redistricting

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The Supreme Court has ruled Arizona can allow an independent commission created there to oversee the drawing of congressional district lines. The ruling could means changes to Ohio's districts. 

Common Cause Ohio leader Sam Gresham says he expected the court to rule in favor of Arizona’s proposed redistricting plan.

“It was just a delaying tactic on the part of people. There’s nothing in there that prevents it,” Gresham said.

Ohio Elections Chief, Auditor Sworn In For 2nd Terms

Jan 12, 2015
Jon Husted is Ohio's 53rd Secretary of State
www.sos.state.oh.us

Ohio's elections chief says a recent overhaul of how the state draws its legislative districts shows the importance of never losing hope in politics.
 
Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted, who was inaugurated Monday for a second term, encouraged those attending his swearing-in ceremony to support the overhaul.
 
Husted had sought changes to the so-called redistricting process for at least a decade. Last month, the Legislature passed a bipartisan plan that will go before voters this fall.
 

Washington Gridlock Rooted In Gerrymandering

Dec 20, 2013
Dayton Daily News

The way states draw congressional districts may be a contributing factor to the dysfunction of today's political climate, according to an investigation by the Dayton Daily News published earlier this week. While gerrymandering is nothing new, it's now much easier.

A bipartisan proposal to change the way Ohio draws state legislative and congressional lines has cleared the state Senate with almost unanimous support.

The resolution would create a seven-member commission to draw all maps, and at least one minority party member would have to approve the boundaries.

The House isn't expected to act on the proposal and that chamber's vote is needed to put the measure before voters.

Sen. Frank LaRose, a co-sponsor, said the Senate plan could serve as a roadmap for discussion next year.

Issue 2 may have failed last night, but one of its backers says the issue behind it isn’t settled. Issue 2 would have taken the authority to draw district maps for state and federal lawmakers out of the hands of elected officials, and it lost by a 2-1 margin, according to unofficial results. But Ohio Democratic Party chair Chris Redfern says he thinks another move to change the map-drawing method will happen soon.

With all the ads, calls and fliers for the Presidential and US Senate races in Ohio, there’s little room for the two statewide issues that are also before voters. And Issue 2 has strong coalitions of supporters and opponents working for and against it. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler moderated a debate over Issue 2 before the Columbus Metropolitan Club.

The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association is the latest group to oppose a proposed constitutional amendment to change the redistricting process. The organization joins a long list of groups that have joined the Ohio Republican Party in its opposition to the plan.

A redistricting amendment on Ohio's fall ballot has the backing of some of Ohio's top lawyers and legal scholars.

Voters First, the committee backing the November issue, released an open letter Thursday signed by a dozen Ohio lawyers, including a former state bar association president.

Signers stand behind the amendment's legal framework, which the Ohio Bar Association has opposed.

The wording of a fall ballot issue revamping the way Ohio draws legislative and congressional districts is nearing final approval by a state panel.

The Ohio Ballot Board scheduled a Wednesday meeting to certify language for the proposed constitutional amendment.  It would strip elected officials of map-drawing powers and give them to a 12-person citizen commission.

A coalition of voter advocacy groups called Voters First is spearheading the effort.  Backers say the current setup lets the ruling party draw district lines to its favor.

Now that backers of a proposed constitutional amendment to change the redistricting process have enough valid signatures to put the issue on the statewide ballot, attention turns to how to sell it to voters.  The supporters of the plan already have their mantra…..people not politicians.  But now opponents of the plan have a mantra of their own…..protect your vote.  Jenny Camper is with a group that plans to fight the proposed redistricting plan. 

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