ACTION ALERT! Ohio legislative committee is working on redistricting reform
Let them know now that you want real reform! Not a fix that still keeps “the fix.”
The Ohio legislature has put together a four-member committee, the Congressional Redistricting Working Group, which is directed with the task of exploring redistricting reform. Members include Representatives Kirk Schuring (R-Canton), chair, and Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) and Senators Matt Huffman (R-Lima) and Vernon Sykes (D-Akron).
There is little doubt that the current success of the Fair Districts campaign has gotten the attention of our state legislators, but we cannot assume they will put together a true and effective reform proposal. They need to hear from you about what reform should look like.
Email your thoughts to Chair Kirk Schuring (R-Canton). What to say? Look here for more information and ideas, try this letter as a starting point, or see the third bullet point in the “What you can do” section below.
To really become an expert on gerrymandering, read this 20-page report, Ohio’s Gerrymandering Problem, put together by LWVO and Common Cause.
Calling all volunteers!
If you are new to this effort and want to know where to start:
• Contact Catherine LaCroix
• For more information on the Stop Gerrymandering effort, click here
• To view a webinar on how to collect signatures, click here
We are progressing, but more needs to be done. Here are the 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.
152,000 – vetted signatures collected statewide. Volunteers have vetted this number of signatures as likely to be valid.
19,533 – vetted signatures collected in Cuyahoga County. This makes Cuyahoga a qualifying county.
However, our work is not done.
• 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.
What you can do:
• Check the updated signature collection calendar for other opportunities.
• Contact Rep. Schuring and other legislators to let them know that you want redistricting reform that mandates bipartisan approval of maps, no gerrymandering, undivided communities, and transparency.
• 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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