Democrats and Republicans come together to end gerrymandering in Ohio
Here’s how Senate Joint Resolution 5, now Issue 1 works:
Stage One: Passage of a map requires a three-fifths vote of both the House and Senate and must include at least 50 percent support of minority party members. If that doesn’t work…
Stage Two: Ohio’s existing seven-person bipartisan redistricting commission will be empowered to draw districts and must approve a map with at least two minority party votes. If that doesn’t work…
Stage Three: The legislature gets another chance to pass either (1) a 10-year map with one-third of the minority party’s support or (2) a four-year map with a simple majority. If the process gets to the last stage not requiring minority party support, stricter rules protecting against unfair manipulation would apply.
Throughout the process fewer counties can be divided making the “snake on the lake” or congressional district 9 impossible.
Senate Joint Resolution 5 invites voters into the process by providing mapmaking tools so that we can create our own congressional districts and better comment on any proposed maps. Greater transparency is added by requirements for public hearings.
SJR 5 would never have passed if it weren’t for the power of more than 200,000 signatures. Thank you for your hard work!