In Ohio over the last decade, there have been numerous attempts to fix congressional gerrymandering through two independent ballot measures and multiple attempts at a legislative solution. All of these efforts have failed…until now.
Prompted by the success of volunteers and activists around the state who circulated petitions for another attempt at an independent ballot measure, the state legislature approved a meaningful reform plan that can end unchecked partisan gerrymandering once and for all.
The measure, known as SJR 5, passed with bipartisan support in both the Ohio House and Senate on Feb. 6, 2018. As a result, a bipartisan process for reforming the way congressional district lines are drawn will be on the May 8, 2018 ballot as Issue 1.
Yes on Issue 1 will incentivize a bipartisan process for drawing congressional maps. If that doesn’t work, the plan will impose strict guardrails – limiting county splits and preventing maps from favoring one party – to prevent partisan gerrymandering. The plan also includes several checks throughout the process – such as a veto and citizen referendum – to preventing unchecked partisan gerrymandering.
For more information on the ballot language, click here.