May 8, 2018 was a good day for redistricting reform in Ohio. We have good reason to celebrate! A whopping 74.9% of voters statewide said YES to ending gerrymandering for our United States Congressional Districts. In Medina County, Issue 1 passed with 73.2% of the votes. This is in part due to all the hard work of redistricting reform activists who took to the streets and the polls with clipboards and fliers in hand over the past year. You have reason to stop and savor the moment because your hard work has paid off.
Your citizen activism made a difference. So, to each of you who collected signatures for the Fair Districts ballot initiative in the heat and cold; wrote postcards t our representatives or voters; bought stamps; passed out fliers in your neighborhood; worked at the polls; posted yard signs; or talked to friends, neighbors, and co-workers – THANK YOU! But our job is not done.
In 2021, public and community input will be very important in ensuring that our representatives follow through on Ohio citizen’s will for drawing fair and compact districts using a transparent process and minimal splits. Redistricting reform for our state legislative districts (passed in 2015 with 71% of the vote statewide) and our United States congressional districts (Issue 1/2018) will go into effect in 2021 based on the numbers resulting from the 2020 census. This means the census in Ohio is crucial and we need to keep an eye on the process. We must remain vigilant. Between now and then all citizens MUST exercise their right to vote.
I urge each of you to vote and remain involved in getting out the vote in 2018 and beyond. Voting remains the single most important way to have your voice heard. Every vote counts as we have observed in 2018 in special elections across the country. Voting matters- as does good government activism.
What do I do with my yard sign sleeve? Please recycle it where you recycle your plastic bags!