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The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus


Redistricting Issue will be on the May 8 Ballot!

Monday, Feb. 26, 2018

Issue 1 a redistricting constitutional amendment will officially be on the ballot on May 8, 2018.

You can learn more about the ballot issue by attending the Fair Districts = Fair Elections meeting on Sunday, March 11, 2:00-4:00pm at the Whetstone Public Library, 3901 N. High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214. The meeting will cover a summary of Issue 1 and how best to get the word out. 


 Below is a summary of Issue 1

This initiative would amend Article XI of the Ohio Constitution to transfer responsibility for redrawing congressional district lines to the bipartisan Ohio Redistricting Commission, whose establishment was approved by the overwhelming majority (71.5 percent) of Ohio voters in 2015.  Currently, the state legislature is responsible for drawing congressional districts and bipartisan approval is not required.  This would go into effect following the 2020 census, and the new congressional district boundaries would enter into effect in 2022.


The Ohio Redistricting Commission consists of the Governor, the Secretary of State, the Auditor of State, and one person each appointed by the Ohio House and Senate Majority and Minority leaders.  No member of Congress may serve on the Commission.


Any citizen of Ohio may propose a plan for the Commission's consideration.


To adopt a congressional map, the plan must be supported by a majority of the Commission, including at least two members of the minority party.


The plan adopted must conform to the following criteria: