On the behalf of The Fair Districts = Fair Elections Coalition, I would like to thank the sponsors of the resolution that became Issue 1— former State Representatives Matt Huffman (R-Lima) and Vernon Sykes (D-Akron). A special thank you to the members of the 130th Ohio General Assembly for voting to place the redistricting reform proposal before the voters!
A huge thanks to Unlock The Inbox for providing us the tools necessary to reach our audience by email and teaching us about senderID and DMARC records.
A big thank you to the League of Women Voters of Ohio for taking up the challenge of crafting great Issue 1 materials and helping us all figure out the best way to distribute information and educate voters!
I am especially grateful to the redistricting reformers who first attempted to challenge the winner-take-all system— former State Rep. Joan Lawrence (R-Galena), the grandfather of redistricting David Horn.
Check out the long list of endorsers on the right panel! Without all of you, Issue 1 would never have passed. I so appreciate how you reached out to your members and helped educate voters about the importance of Issue 1. The support of a broad, diverse coalition shows us how campaigns and government should work, setting partisan politics aside and working in the best interest of the people.
Visual images have been essential to enhancing the understanding of unfair redistricting. Gerrymandering, or the manipulation of legislative districts for partisan reasons, is a term based on an 1812 political cartoon of a salamander-shaped district crafted by then Governor Elbridge Gerry. The folks from ProgressOhio and Democratic Voices led by Sandy Theis created some truly meaningful images to highlight the problem with gerrymandering and artfully convened Issue 1 as the compelling solution.
A special thank you to the volunteers who reached out to voters at the Early Vote locations and at the polls on Election Day! Thanks to all who telephoned voters to urge them to vote YES on Issue 1. Greg Moore of the Ohio Voter Fund and Jerah Smith of Independent Lines Advocacy were especially good at recruiting volunteers!
I so appreciate the Brennan Center for Justice’s Michael Li traveling to Ohio in October for our forum on redistricting reform. A special thank you to the hosts Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) and Senator John Eklund (R- Munson Township). And kudos to the Brennan Center’s Eric Petry and Rev. Otis Moss, Jr. for their eloquent op-ed in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
I would also like to thank the many people to the time to share why they support redistricting reform:
Deacon Nick Bates of Lutheran Advocacy Taskforce of The Southern Ohio Synod, Linda Borton of the Ohio Farmers Union, Eric Burkland of the Ohio Manufacturers' Association, Tim Burga AFL-CIO Ohio, Michaela Hahn Burriss , Kellie Copeland of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, Carrie Davis of the League of Women Voters of Ohio, Scott DiMauro of the Ohio Education Association, Bill Faith of Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio, Keary McCarthy of Innovation Ohio, Renee Miller, Santino Napoli, student at Kent State University, Peg Rosenfield of the League of Women Voters of Ohio, Jack Shaner of the Ohio Environmental Council, Beth Sheehan of the Paws and the Law blog, Deidra Reese of Ohio Voice, Archita Taylor of Fair Elections Legal Network, Jennifer Thorne of the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence, Kyle Whitlatch, a student at The Ohio State University, Bill Woods of Applied Information Resources, and Lisa Wurm of the ACLU of Ohio. All of these blog posts are worth re-reading!
I would also like to thank John Wellington Ennis, filmmaker and activist, who helped create the Fair Districts= Fair Elections Activist Comics Competition. I so appreciate all who participated in the competition!
A final thank you to Deidra Reese, Angela Tombazzi and Camille Wimbish of Ohio Voice and the Ohio Voter Coalition. Together they kept the yesforIssue1.org site up-to-date and encouraged us all!
Thank you all! Onward! What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Congressional redistricting is up next!