Common Cause Ohio and the League of Women Voters released an analysis today that shows Ohio’s system of electing members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Ohio General Assembly is badly broken, and the groups outlined a framework for redistricting reform.
The following is a joint statement from Opportunity Ohio CEO Matt Mayer and ProgressOhio Executive Director Sandy Theis:
With voter turnout at record low levels, it is clear the dark art of drawing Ohio’s legislative maps in partisan self-interest is turning off voters, and we urge lawmakers to adopt meaningful redistricting reform by June 2015.This reform must eliminate the gerrymandering of congressional and state legislative districts, which is more about empowering political parties and less about empowering voters. The reforms must result in maps that preserve communities of interest and reflect the political balance of our swing state by maximizing the number of competitive seats to the highest degree possible. These two key outcomes will increase the relevance of general elections and make elected officials more accountable to their constituents.
The process of drawing maps must be open and transparent and include a ban on drawing districts to favor or disfavor a political party, incumbent or potential candidate. Ohioans, no matter their political affiliations, deserve a level playing field when it comes to how and who gets elected to represent them.
Opportunity Ohio is a free market think tank.
ProgressOhio is the state’s largest progressive advocacy organization.