Get the Facts

  • Republican leaders in the Ohio Statehouse are backing a congressional redistricting “reform” proposal and rushing it through the legislative process in an effort to pre-empt the Fair Congressional Districts for Ohio plan, which has already gained nearly 200,000 valid signatures to get on the November ballot.
  • Republicans’ goal is to put their proposal on the May primary ballot, which means it has to be passed by the Senate and House no later than Feb. 7. The Senate will likely vote on Wednesday, Jan. 24. The proposal needs to pass with a three-fifths majority in each chamber (20 votes in the Senate; 60 in the House).
  • Here is what you need to know about the Republican proposal on congressional redistricting (Senate Joint Resolution 5):
    • It does not prevent or limit partisan gerrymandering, which cheats the voters and rigs the game, so the same team always wins. That’s not fair, it’s not democratic, and it’s bad for Ohio.
    • It fails to protect local governments against splitting (also known as “cracking and packing”).
    • It removes the voice of the people.
    • It does not require bipartisanship.
    • Rushing the Republicans’ plan to the May ballot undermines the voice of voters.
    • This proposal is not the right choice for redistricting reform in Ohio, and in many ways, it is worse than the current law.

Read more:

Cleveland.com editorial:Blatantly skewed Ohio GOP congressional redistricting “reform” plan belongs in the trash

Akron Beacon Journal editorial:Better way to better congressional districts

Call your legislator

Republican leaders need 20 votes in the Ohio Senate to move their congressional redistricting plan forward.

Call these senators now:

Sen. Matt Huffman: (614) 466-7584

Huffman is the main sponsor of this plan. Tell him there’s no need to rush through a half-baked plan. Ask him to slow down the process and pledge to work with Democrats to come up with a bipartisan plan. You can also ask him why he thinks hearing from concerned Ohioans is “abuse.”

Sen. Larry Obhof: (614) 466-7505

Obhof is the Senate president, and he controls what comes up for a vote on the Senate floor. Tell him there’s no need to rush through a half-baked plan. Ask him to slow down the process and pledge to work with Democrats to come up with a bipartisan plan.

Sen. Bill Coley: (614) 466-8072

Coley leads the committee that will consider Huffman’s proposal. Tell him there’s no need to rush through a half-baked plan. Ask him to slow down the process and pledge to work with Democrats to come up with a bipartisan plan.

These are the senators in play — call them now:

Sen. Kevin Bacon: (614) 466-8064

Sen. Troy Balderson: (614) 466-8076

Sen. Frank LaRose: (614) 466-4823

Sen. Bill Beagle: (614) 466-6247

Sen. Matt Dolan: (614) 466-8056

Sen. Scott Oelslager: (614) 466-0626

Here’s a script to use when you call them:

I’m an Ohio voter, and I care about redistricting reform. Senate Joint Resolution 5 does not prevent or limit partisan gerrymandering, which cheats the voters and rigs the game. That’s not fair, it’s not democratic, and it’s bad for Ohio. This proposal is not the right choice for redistricting reform in Ohio, and in many ways, it is worse than the current law. That’s why I’m calling today, to ask you to vote NO on Senate Joint Resolution 5. There’s no need to rush through a half-baked plan. I hope you will encourage your leaders to slow down the process and work across the aisle to come up with a bipartisan solution for congressional redistricting reform.