For years, the state’s majority party in power has been able to manipulate the state legislative districts to give it an unfair number of representatives in the Ohio Legislature. The districts look like pieces from a jigsaw puzzle. It’s called Gerrymandering – named after the Massachusetts Governor of 1812 who redrew a district like a salamander.
Like the video says, LWVCA wants “no more salamanders.”
“If you happen to be in the minority in your district, it takes a near-miracle for your candidate to win,” said LWVCA President Nancy Dawley. “Soon, minority candidates might stop running – they won’t want to waste their time and money.”
That means only one party would control the legislature. That’s not a democracy.
The League of Women Voters has advocated redistricting reform in Ohio for the last 40 years. LWVCA volunteers have distributed thousands of vote yes for Issue 1 materials including yard signs, postcards, buttons, and bookmarks. Contact the LWVCA office at (513) 281-8683 or [email protected] to access copies.
And remember to vote yes on Issue 1 to create a bipartisan redistricting commission, with clear rules for creating fair districts with public input and transparency.
Additional supporters of Issue 1 include the state Republican and Democratic parties, Ohio Chamber of Commerce and Common Cause Ohio.