Stop gerrymandering in Ohio’s Congressional districts

Hearings in Columbus Next Week!  We need your help now – testify or call!

Senator Huffman’s redistricting “reform” will be the subject of two hearings in Columbus next week: Tuesday, January 23 at 2:30 p.m., and Wednesday, January 24 at 9:45 a.m. Information about the hearings is here. If you want to testify, you need to submit a witness statement, here.

Please call the following members of the Government Oversight and Reform Committee. Tell them that this plan does not meet our standards for real reform.
Chairman Bill Coley – (614) 466-8072
Senator Joe Uecker [pronounced EEK-er] – (614) 466-8082
Senator Kevin Bacon – (614) 466-8064
Senator Bob Peterson – (614) 466-8156
Senator Troy Balderson – (614) 466-8076
Senator Kris Jordan – (614) 466-8086
Senator Frank LaRose – (614) 466-4823
Senator Matt Huffman – (614) 466-7584

Catch Up on What’s Happening in Columbus
Recent news coverage includes stories from WKBN and the Akron Beacon Journal.  The Columbus Dispatch calls the Huffman proposal “nonpartisan,” which suggests they do not understand how it works.  Also, read this Cleveland.com editorial, “Blatantly skewed Ohio GOP congressional redistricting ‘reform’ plan belongs in the trash.”

Go to a campaign update and canvassing refresher training at these times and locations:
Tuesday, January 23, 7:00 pm, South Euclid/Lyndhurst Library.  (Note corrected time.)
Sunday, January 28, 5:00 pm, BottleHouse Brewery in Lakewood.
Thursday, February 207:00 pm, Euclid Library.  (Note corrected time.)

Want to help but are not able to collect signatures? Join our phone/email bank team! Contact lwvgc4fairdistricts@gmail.com for details.

New volunteers are always welcome!

•  Contact Catherine LaCroix
•  For more information on the Stop Gerrymandering effort, click here
•  To view a webinar on how to collect signatures, click here


The numbers

We are progressing, but more needs to be done.  Here are the numbers:

Qualifying numbers:

305,592 – Number of valid voter signatures needed statewide = 10% of votes cast in the 2014 Ohio gubernatorial race.
44 –  One half of Ohio’s 88 counties must collect 5% of the votes cast in that county in the 2014 gubernatorial race
16,839 – number of signatures required from Cuyahoga County voters to become one of the 44 qualifying counties.

New Numbers!
(As of 12-20-2017)

188,000 – valid signatures collected statewide

27 counties over the 5% threshold

Remember that:

•  The statewide requirement is 10% of the 2014 vote, not 5%
•  If only 44 counties qualify, those counties will have to collect a lot more than 5%, or even 10%, to compensate.
•  Even if all 88 counties qualified at the 5% benchmark, this is still only half of the 10% statewide requirement.

Other ways to help:

•  Check the updated signature collection calendar for other signature-gathering opportunities.
•  Pick up petition booklets and drop off completed booklets here.
•  Sign up for the LWVGC Fair Districts e-newsletter to receive regular updates on signature collecting opportunities.
•  Make a donation.
•  Endorse the proposal.
•  Recruit friends to help. Have them contact Catherine LeCroix.

 


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