Date of Release or Mention:Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Columbus, OH - Tonight the League of Women Voters of Ohio celebrates passage of state Issue 1, a constitutional amendment to reform the way congressional districts are drawn.
"After decades of advocacy from the League of Women Voters on redistricting, and over a year of public education and signature collection, we are thrilled that Ohio voters have put new rules to end partisan gerrymandering into our constitution," said Mary Kirtz Van Nortwick, LWV Ohio Co-President. "This victory is a testament to the hard work of so many League members and redistricting reformers throughout both this campaign and past efforts."
"We thank the thousands of people across the state who collected signatures, handed out flyers, and spread the word in so many ways," added LWV Ohio Co-President Alison Ricker. "The legislature came to the table and reached a compromise on this proposal because of public pressure, so this win truly belongs to the committed reformers and their hard work. Issue 1 is the reform we have been looking for, and we will now lay down our clipboards and turn to implementing these new rules and making sure they work for Ohioans."
Placed on the primary ballot by a vote of 114 to 10 in the state legislature, the amendment will mandate bipartisan approval for ten-year congressional maps, institute strict anti-gerrymandering criteria if the parties couldn't agree, and require transparency and opportunities for input including public hearings and citizen map submissions.
"It took the women's suffrage movement seventy-two years to secure the right to vote in the US Constitution," concluded Jen Miller, Executive Director of LWVO. "The League of Women Voters was born out of that movement and that persistent, indomitable spirit is what caused us to lead the charge on redistricting reform from the 1980s through today's victory."
League to which this content belongs:Ohio