NEWS | More than 3,000 Signatures and One Step Closer to Addressing Gerrymandering

The Fair Congressional Districts for Ohio Ballot Committee announced that it successfully collected three times the required signatures to submit its amended ballot language to the Ohio Attorney General. Thanks to volunteers across the state, including in Knox County, the Fair Districts group was able to submit the revised ballot summary less than a week after the Ohio Attorney General rejected the original ballot summary to create fair congressional districts across the state.

The Fair Congressional Districts for Ohio is an initiative to address gerrymandering and adopt the legislative redistricting reform plan that Ohio voters endorsed by a vote of 71-29 percent in 2015, applying it to Ohio’s Congressional Districts.

According to Fair Districts, the current partisan makeup of congressional districts perfectly predicted the political party of the winner in every single Ohio congressional race since 2012. In 2016, every Ohio congressional incumbent won, with an average margin of victory of 36.3 points.

The Fair Congressional Districts for Ohio Ballot Committee is comprised of Carrie Davis of the League of Women Voters of Ohio, Catherine Turcer of Common Cause Ohio and Heather Taylor-Miesle of the Ohio Environmental Council.

Petitions were submitted from the following counties: Adams, Ashtabula, Athens, Butler, Clark, Cuyahoga, Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Geauga, Greene, Hamilton, Knox, Lake, Lawrence, Licking, Lorain, Lucas, Mahoning, Marion, Mercer, Montgomery, Pike, Portage, Scioto, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas, Union, Warren and Wood.

You can help with this initiative. To volunteer, click here.

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