Updates on the redistricting initiatives are available at these sites:
From Fair Districts Blog Post 2/5/2018
The Ohio Senate and House passed a proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution that meets the standards our Fair Districts = Fair Elections coalition have demanded from any congressional redistricting reform proposal. We have demanded that:
Here’s how it works:
Stage One: Passage of a map requires a three-fifths vote of both the House and Senate and must include at least 50 percent support of minority party members. If that doesn’t work…
Stage Two: Ohio’s existing seven-person bipartisan redistricting commission will be empowered to draw districts and must approve a map with at least two minority party votes. If that doesn’t work…
Stage Three: The legislature gets another chance to pass either (1) a 10-year map with one-third of the minority party’s support or (2) a four-year map without minority party support. If the process gets to the last stage not requiring minority party support, stricter rules protecting against unfair manipulation would apply.
Elected officials give up the power to draw one-sided congressional districts on their own. The public will have the opportunity to provide input and maps which must be considered. This happened because of citizen visits, rallies, calls, and emails, and because together we have gathered more than 200,000 signatures.
From 2/5/18 Fair Districts Blog Post with edits
Keep circulating petitions and collecting signatures until SJR 5 is on the ballot: (Issue1, May 2018) AND IT HAS PASSED.
Our Job: EDUCATE INFORM COLLECT SIGNATURES
Citizen Engagement is insurance that meaningful redistricting reform will be reality in OHIO! The leverage that citizen engagement provided in the negotiations for SJR 5 cannot be overstated.
Some articles about what is going on
Thanks you all, it’s a lot to digest- I think the Fair Coalition and LWV will give us guidance beyond “keep collecting” pretty soon and help with messaging.