Please VOTE YES on Issue 1, the Ohio Bipartisan Redistricting Commission Amendment, on our November 3, 2015 ballot.
Issue 1, when passed, will make our districts more fair. More fair districts mean that our legislators will have to be more responsive to us because they will no longer be in “safe districts”. This gives our companion animal bills a better chance to pass.
If approved by Ohio voters, Issue 1 will add an amendment to our Ohio constitution. This new amendment defines the makeup and duties of a newly formed Bipartisan Redistricting Commission to draw House and Senate (but not US Congressional) legislative districts in Ohio after each 10 year census.
If passed, Issue 1, the amendment to the Ohio Constitution, will go into effect on November 4, 2015.
The Redistricting Commission will have seven members:
- the Governor
- the State Auditor
- the Secretary of State
- Appointee by the Speaker of the House
- Appointee by the President of the Senate
- Appointee by the Minority Leader of the House
- Appointee by the Minority Leader of the Senate
If Issue 1 passes, the Redistricting Commission will draw new lines for the House and the Senate beginning in 2021, after the next US census. The amendment forbids the Redistricting Commission from drawing districts that intentionally favor one party or disfavor the other. The districts must be compact, following normal city and county divisions, instead of splitting them up. Also, there must be public hearings on the proposed, new districts.
At least two members from the minority party must agree on the new House and Senate districts. If there are not at least two votes from the minority party in favor of the new plan, the Redistricting Commission’s plan will last just four years, instead of ten. At the end of four years, the Redistricting Commission must again work together to come up with a plan for the remaining six years.
http://www.sos.state.oh.us/sos/upload/ballotboard/2015/1-Language.pdf (Read Issue 1 here.)
The Ohio Democratic Party, the Ohio Republican Party, the AFL-CIO, and the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, the Bar Association, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Nuns on the Bus have endorsed Issue 1.
There is no formal opposition to Issue 1.
Early voting for the November 3, 2015 election begins on October 6, 2015. Please use your voices and your votes to make our Ohio communities safe, happy, and productive.
VOTE YES on Issue 1. Fair districts mean fair elections.